TALLAHASSEE – Motorists should expect additional traffic in West Palm Beach this Friday through Sunday, February 2, as nearly half a million people are expected to attend the 102nd Annual South Florida Fair during the 17-day period.
This year’s fair will feature a New York City theme and include a Statue of Liberty sculpted from 200 tons of sand and an Empire State Building constructed out of can food. The sights and sounds of New York City, in addition to the rides, concerts, exhibitions and competitions, are likely to make the fairgrounds a popular destination during the coming weeks, and drivers should be prepared for increased congestion.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages drivers heading to or around the fairgrounds to use the 511 Traveler Information System before hitting the road to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, construction and more. The 511 system provides information on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways, including those near the fairgrounds, such as Florida’s Turnpike. The fairgrounds are located on Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, 1.5 miles west of Florida’s Turnpike.
There are four convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates:
- Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
- Visit FL511.com, with interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
- Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Play and iTunes.
- Follow one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter, including @FL511_Southeast, @FL511_Turnpike and @FL511_I95.
- FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before traveling, have a passenger check 511 or pull over to avoid distracted driving.
- Check 511 before driving, while pulled over in a safe location or have a passenger call to distracted driving
- Always wear a safety belt
- Don’t drink and drive
Florida 511 Features
- Traffic information on all interstate highways, toll roads and many other metropolitan roadways.
- Commuter travel times and reports on crashes, congestion and construction.
- Public transit, airport and seaport information.
- AMBER, Silver and LEO Alerts (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts notify the public of the most serious child-abduction cases. Silver Alerts notify the public when law enforcement agencies are searching for missing adults or citizens with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for an offender(s) who has seriously injured or killed a law enforcement officer.)
- FL511.com provides travel information, traffic camera views and free personalized services, including customized travel routes and e-mail, text and phone call alerts.
- Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.
- The 511 phone call and FL511.com website are available in English and Spanish.
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