New cameras on MnDOT’s 511 system, more southeast Minnesota installations this summer
ROCHESTER, Minn. – There are new ways to view road conditions, weather events and traffic impacts in southeast Minnesota. More than a dozen new highway cameras have been added to Minnesota’s 511 traveler information system in the region, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Crews recently added traffic management cameras along Interstate-35 between Owatonna and Ellendale in Steele County and on Interstate-90 near the Dresbach Bridge west of La Crosse, Wis. Additional cameras will also be installed along Highway 52 between Oronoco and Zumbrota this summer.
“The Minnesota 511 traveler information system is a great tool for motorists to use before they travel to see current road conditions, updates on weather or traffic impacts, MnDOT work zones and more,” said Kelly Braunig, statewide traveler information supervisor. “These new camera views will offer more options to help motorists make the best decision for their travel.”
The 511 system is available online at 511mn.org or through the free mobile phone app at mn511. The system gives up-to-date information on weather-related road conditions, maintenance and construction projects, traffic impacts and camera views from highway cameras and snow plows. MnDOT has approximately 1,100 cameras on the 511 system statewide and 88 available in southeast Minnesota. Some are Roadway Weather Information System (RWIS) stations, which provide additional camera angles of the roadway and current weather data.
Minnesota was one of the first states in the country to introduce a 511 traveler information system in 2002. High bandwidth was added in 2009 and the free mobile app as launched in 2013.
MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
Editor’s note: Photos showing views from some of the new cameras and map locations where the cameras are located accompany this media release. All MnDOT photo credit.