MnDOT's 511 Traveler Information website is provided to assist motorists in their decision making on Minnesota roadways. This website automatically adjusts to accommodate your screen dimensions, but typically is best viewed at a resolution of 1024 x 768. The site is optimized for Firefox and Internet Explorer (versions 9, and 10) browsers.
This page provides access to traffic-related construction reports, weather events and traffic speed information. Static traffic camera images are also available. The Full-Featured site works best with a high-speed internet connection. The Streamlined version http://lb.511mn.org/mnlb/ is probably your best choice if you do not have high-speed internet connection.
The menu on the left directs you to: Personalize your 511, All Reports, Cameras, and Google Traffic Speeds (congestion map). When a selection is clicked, it will become highlighted in blue, causing related icons to appear on the map at the locations of the selected types of events or devices. If a menu selection is clicked again, the blue highlighting will go away, and the event icon will disappear from the map.
Additionally, a gray "Layers" button on the top left of the page opens up further possible information types for selection:
By selecting one or more "layers" from the drop-down options, you can add as many types of different event information on the map as you'd like, simultaneously. To add an information layer, simply click the blue radio button and see it highlighted in light blue. To "turn it off," just click off the button and that type of information will be removed from the map.
The Google-based dynamic map allows pan and zoom functions to better view specific regions, highways or events. Simply click on the pan and zoom buttons provided in the upper left of the Google map to adjust the view to your preference. You can also click and drag anywhere on the map to pan the map to a new location. To find your own location using GPS geolocation services, you can click the gray "show my location" button at the bottom on the map zoom controller.
Once you've clicked the gray "show my location" button, you'll need to agree to any browser pop-ups related to sharing your location data:
Once you've agreed, the "show my location" button will turn from gray to blue, to show that it has been activated, and your location should appear as a blue dot on the map.
You will notice that event icons appear in two sizes. Icon size indicates the importance or priority of events - larger icons represent higher-priority events. Priority levels are intended to reflect the degree to which an event impacts traffic.
A legend at the bottom of the page explains each icon used. Hovering over an event gives a 'pop-up' with a brief description of the event. Events with a red "shazam" halo indicate the highest level of priority events and contain critical information for travelers.
A scrolling banner also appears across the top of the screen when high-priority road closures or blockages exist.
Clicking any icon opens an "album view" with additional details and allows you to scroll through events or cameras by clicking the chevron buttons on the sides of the album page. If no chevrons are visible, there are no more events or cameras available on that route.
Any incident or camera image can by shared via Facebook, Twitter or email. Click on the "share" button in the upper right of any album page. Individual events and cameras can be bookmarked, too, making it easy to re-visit your favorite camera locations quickly.
You can now search for any geographic area or landmark by its name, as recognized by Google, allowing you to quickly search for events or traffic cameras in any area of the state, no matter how rural.
To do this, simply click the magnifying glass icon in the upper left of the main menu. Under "Zoom to a place," enter your desired location - a specific street address, town or landmark. Then, click search.
You will get a map view of all events with a 20 mile radius of wherever you searched for. On the left side of the page, the blue panel will list all events within the map. This list can be printed using 'print' button.
You can customize a route using the "pick a route" function, just enter a starting point and end point in the "A" and "B" fields and click "search." You'll see a list of all the events located between A and B, ordered in the direction in which you'd encounter them. These event icons will also be displayed on the map.
Clicking "choose a roadway" link below the "pick a route" feature allows you to view all the events and/or cameras on a single major roadway in Minnesota in list form and on the map.
You can access a predefined view by clicking the "select an area" causing the map to reset the zoom and re-center the map on the selected predefined area.
A pop-up notification saying "Please refresh my screen because... I'm Still Here" appears if you have had the page open for 5 minutes without using it. Pressing this button updates and refreshes the site.
The "weather warning" layer displays National Weather Service (NWS) storm warnings. A weather event is shown as a 'thunderbolt' icon on top of a gray shaded area indicating the alert's boundaries. Clicking on the icon opens a text box displaying the counties affected by the Warning.
The following warning types are displayed on the 511 site:
Blizzard Warning, Winter Storm Warning, Lake-Effect Snow Warning, Ice Storm Warning, Flash Flood Warning, Tornado Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warning, High Wind Warning, Dense Fog Advisory