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How to Tackle Outback Bowl Traffic — and Other Jams

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By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter

You can use the DOT 511 system anytime, but the agency notes it may be especially useful on New Year’s Day.

To stay up to date on crashes, congestion, construction and other traffic woes, you can monitor the 511 Traveler Information system the Florida Department of Transportation offers.

The DOT noted in a press release that the system may be useful for football fans heading for the noon Outback Bowl in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on New Year’s Day. It may also be a good tool for motorists who aren’t attending the football game, but who want to beat the traffic for the remainder of the holiday season — and any other time.

Florida 511 provides real-time traffic information on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways. On New Year’s Day and days surrounding the game, drivers should expect increased congestion when traveling on parts of I-4, I-75, I-275 and the Veterans Expressway.

There are five convenient ways for all motorists to receive traffic updates:

  • Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
  • Visit FL511.com for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and
    crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
  • Sign up for a “My Florida 511” account at FL511.com to create custom routes
    and register for email, text or phone alerts.
  • Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Play or Apple
    App Store.
  • Follow one of the 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds
    (#FL511), including @FL511_TampaBay, @FL511_I-4, and @FL511_I-75.

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