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Recognizing the needs of thousands of commercial drivers hauling goods on Nevada’s roads daily, state transportation officials unveiled a revamped 511 Travel Information System with a special “trucker mode.”
“Because Nevada is located at the crossroads of many Western freight routes, hundreds of millions of tons of freight originate or are delivered into the state each year,” Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese told AFP. Transportation Topics. “That translates to more than half of the vehicles on some Nevada interstate corridors being made up of trucks, with more than 6,000 trucks traveling daily on each of the state’s busiest highways.”
That’s why NDOT’s updated 511 Nevada Travel Information System, launched October 13, includes many new enhancements to the decades-old version for truckers and everyday drivers.
511 Nevada Travel Information services allow motorists to dial 511 toll-free and/or access it at nvroads.com to learn about timely road conditions, online traffic cameras, road weather information, scheduled road closures and highway construction updates.
Now running on a cloud-based platform, the system can handle more calls and connections, especially in bad weather when more people are looking for travel information. It is also available in an app via Apple or Google.
Users can select Trucker Mode, which automatically selects “Trucker Info” options (which can be deselected) for truck parking and oversize loads.
“By simply selecting ‘truck parking’, commercial drivers can see a map and list of commercial truck parking facilities along Nevada’s highways, along with the amenities available at each facility. An “oversize load” map layer displays the routes of active oversize loads currently traveling on the national road network,” Ragonese explained.
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If truck parking is selected, bubble-like shapes with the letter “P” appear on the map and when clicked, indicate the name of the parking spot along with the amenities available (toilets, fuel, food services , showers, scales) and the number of parking spaces for trucks. For instance:
• The Amargosa Valley Rest Area on US Route 95 (the north-south route through Las Vegas) lists restrooms and 15 truck parking spots.
• Silver Sage Travel Center on US Routes 93/50 (in the southeast part of the state) mentions food, restrooms, showers and 50 truck parking spaces.
• The Sinclair Truck Stop on Interstate 80 (serving the Reno area) has restrooms, fuel, food, and 60 truck parking spaces.
Ragonese said that in the future, NDOT “will seek to include a dynamic list of truck parking spaces currently available at truck facilities, as well as a map layer detailing active oversize and oversized vehicle bans, such as than weight or height restrictions in roadwork areas.”
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