South Dakota launches 511 traveler information app


The South Dakota Department of Transportation has released a traveler information app for smart phones using the Android operating system and plans to do the same later for iPhones. The new application – SafeTravelUSA – uses much of the information already available through the department of transportation but optimizes it for use on mobile phones.

Current information on road conditions, highway closures, travel advisories, construction projects, and incidents affecting travel is available on all interstate, U.S., and state highways through the application. As users move through the highway network, the app displays their locations on the state map. The map also indicates the location of SDDOT’s roadside cameras and allows users to view the camera images.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation also maintains a Twitter feed that is accessible through the mobile application’s main menu. In addition, the mobile app links surrounding states’ mobile applications and websites.

SDDOT will release the South Dakota 511 app for iPhone devices later this year, in advance of the next winter season. For Android users the application is free and currently available on the Android app marketplace.