Mobile app launched for provincial 511

The province says the public can more easily access information on road conditions, incidents and ferry disruptions through a new application for mobile devices.

The new application, My511, was launched on Friday and is available for both Android and iOS users and allows them to receive road condition and incident notifications about the highway segments they select.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver said, "Using a mobile application to push important messages directly to the phones of our residents is a great step toward ensuring everyone has the information they need during times of emergency."

According to a press release from the province, notifications include:
- Travel not recommended;
- Emergency and service vehicles only;
- Road closed/impassable;
- Ferry Restrictions;

The government says the My511 mobile application is Phase 2 of planned enhancements to the provinces 511 service, with Phase 1 seeing a NB511 Twitter account successfully launched in January and a similar app will be launched for computers as part of Phase 3.

Road information will continue to be available through previous methods such as phoning 511 within the province and the New Brunswick 511 website, both of which have been available since November 2009.