511 Alberta innovations mean safer roads
511 Alberta has launched two new platforms designed to help Albertans navigate our roads and highways year-round.
Alberta will be the first jurisdiction in Canada to launch a mobile app that allows citizen reporting of road conditions. The Citizen Reporter app will empower Albertans to report road conditions once they have taken an online training course. The Citizen Reporter app will work on both Android and iPhone and was launched recently.
511 Alberta has also launched an updated website that allows Albertans to track the more than 600 snowplows operated by Alberta Transportation contractors who maintain our highway network throughout the winter.
For safety reasons, both of these enhancements should be used prior to leaving or after arriving at your destination, not while on the road.
“We all play a part in keeping Alberta’s winter roads safe. By allowing citizens to report on our province’s ever-changing road conditions we can help drivers make safe and better informed travel decisions that keep Albertans moving all year long.”
“We are excited about this advancement in the 511 system, and the RCMP is looking to see how it can make use of the new app to better inform the public, as an extension of our traffic safety messaging to all Albertans.”
511 Alberta Facts
- 511 Alberta has 138 traffic cameras on the highway network, including the mountain parks.
- In 2015, 511 Alberta added a wind warning system to provide motorists with real time warnings about high winds in the Crowsnest area on Highway 22.
- 511 Alberta averages 1.2 million unique visitors to its website www.511.alberta.ca every year, generating more than 200 million hits.
- The 5-1-1 phone service is accessed approximately 200,000 times each year.
- The 511 Alberta Twitter account @511Alberta continues to grow and now boasts more than 59,000 followers.