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FDOT highlights online traffic tools

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is “urging motorists to use the department’s real-time traffic information tools to ease their evacuation,” the department said in a Thursday news release.

The following tools are available:

— Florida 511: FDOT’s official source for traffic information is Florida 511. This website provides real-time traffic information on crashes, incidents, construction, congestion, road closures and detours, and other urgent alerts.

— Traffic Count Information: Real-time evacuation data for Hurricane Irma on state roads. A summary of selected traffic counter data for state roads is available here. It’s updated hourly.

— Waze: The free navigation app uses information from millions of drivers to navigate traffic in real-time. The FDOT and Waze have a data sharing partnership to “enhance each partner’s ability to provide needed traffic information to the traveling public.”

“Traffic can be heavy at times during a hurricane evacuation and we appreciate the public’s patience,” the release said.

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