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Why are there no 511 signs in the immediate Wilmington area?

Zeinab Savage
N.C. Department of Transportation

N.C. Department of Transportation

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.


When signs state how many miles to Wilmington, to what part of the city are they referring?

Why are blue street signs replacing green street signs in Wilmington?

User-contributed question by:
Tracy Rollins

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One Response to “ Why are there no 511 signs in the immediate Wilmington area?”

  1. On October 17, 2013 at 6:47 am Tracy Rollins wrote:

    My goodness, that’s an interesting response. Apparently, the DOT folks in the Triad & Triangle didn’t get the same memo. The are a good # of “511” signs up that way. That’s what started me on this question to start with. A couple other points-here are plenty of areas where there is no highway construction that the signs could go. Also, doesn’t it seem real odd that DOT is putting who knows how much time/$ into a program and then not promote it?

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