Ontario expanding 511 app to include winter driving safety features

Nov 19 2020, 8:46 pm

The Ontario government is expanding the 511 app to include new winter driving features to provide more safety on roads and highways.

On Thursday, the province announced that the app will now have Track My Plow that allows drivers to track snowplows and salt trucks on the highways.

There will also be information on winter road conditions so drivers can see which roads are bare or covered with snow, as well as weather warnings from Environment Canada to alert drivers of upcoming storms.

Additionally, there will be up-to-date information on rest areas across the province.

The province added that the app provides images from over 600 cameras and includes up-to-date highway information on construction, collisions, and road closures.

“Driving during the winter months can be a challenge in every part of the province, and our government remains committed to keeping Ontario’s roads and highways safe,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney, in a statement.

“That’s why we are enhancing the Ontario 511 app with winter safety features that will provide drivers with even more information, so they navigate the best route.”

According to the province, the winter driving features on the Ontario 511 app build on their plan to improve winter maintenance this year, including an additional 24 Road Weather Information Stations that provide forecasts to help winter maintenance crews prepare for a storm.

The Ontario 511 app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

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