Q. We just returned from a road trip through four states and noticed highway signs promoting the 511 program everywhere, lots of them. However, there don’t seem to be any in the immediate Wilmington area. Why is that?
A. The purpose of the 511 call number is to assist travelers on the road. The lack of signs in the Wilmington area was the decision of North Carolina to use the available space in this area for signs the state considered more important such as construction signs, according to Kelly Wells of the N.C. Department of Transportation. This is not limited to Wilmington, it is statewide.
511 was launched across the country in 2004.
Here is DOT’s website about the 511 program: www.ncdot.gov/travel/511.
Date posted: October 15, 2013
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