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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) unveiled a new 511 Wisconsin logo for its free, easy-to-use traveler information service.  Entering its 15th winter season, the 511 Wisconsin platform reflects a handful of service enhancements all designed to help keep drivers safe.

“Safety is a top priority on Wisconsin highways as we continue to provide a high-quality 511 Wisconsin travel information system to readily share traffic information with Wisconsinites and visitors,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said.  “We’ve already seen snow in parts of the state so now is the time to get vehicles ready for winter driving, bookmark the 511 website and download our free 511 Wisconsin app.  We are committed to helping drivers make informed decisions about their travel plans.”

The 511 Wisconsin Traveler Information System is the state’s official source for trusted roadway conditions and traffic impacts across Wisconsin.  Under the new 511 Wisconsin logo online at or via the mobile app, the public can access real-time travel information across the state including road conditions, traffic speeds, live video feeds from traffic cameras, message boards, and more.

Since it was first launched in 2009, 511 Wisconsin has continued to develop its web and smartphone capabilities to provide direct access to up-to-date traffic information throughout the state.  The 511 Wisconsin mobile app was first released in 2015 and there are more than 270,000 combined downloads for Android and Apple devices.  Within the last two years, 511 Wisconsin has been upgraded to include the state’s network of more than 500 traffic cameras to stream video.  In addition, WisDOT leveraged technology in January 2022 to share winter road conditions for more than 14,000 miles of roadway, which is updated at least twice hourly, 24 hours a day.

The WisDOT Traffic Management Center (TMC) oversees 511 Wisconsin to populate the website and mobile app with current information based on notifications from law enforcement and other first responders.  On average, the TMC handles more than 38,000 incidents each year.

“Our control room staff work diligently 24/7 year-round to ensure drivers are aware of upcoming conditions on Wisconsin roads,” WisDOT TMC Supervisor Randy Hoyt said.  “Each year, roughly half a million users go online to 511 Wisconsin to get the latest traffic information. It’s an invaluable resource with various features that can help drivers best plan their route to work, school or another destination.”

Users can still dial 511 to access travel information; however, as technology continues to evolve, the traveling public is encouraged to “know before you go” with 511 Wisconsin app or online at

No matter the time or season, WisDOT reminds motorists to buckle up and put their phone down – every trip, every time.  Plan ahead and know before you go with for updates on road conditions, traffic cameras, incidents, and locations of construction work.

Visit to learn about safe driving tips and best practices for winter road safety.

Contributed by:  WisDOT
(This post was last modified: 11-17-2023, 06:34 PM by My Northern Wisconsin.)