How do you find local road conditions?


Quick Answer

Visit the National Traffic and Road Closure Information page on the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's website and select a state to get links to a state's official traffic and traveler information website. Most U.S. states provide an online service where users can check real-time local road conditions.

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The state-run websites offer live views of traffic cameras and report updates on weather conditions, road closures and ongoing road constructions on major streets in the state. Websites that provide live feed of traffic conditions require the latest browsers and an Adobe Flash plug-in to view and play the CCTVs. Some states, such as Florida and Georgia, only provide the latest screenshots of the streets or routes. Aside from real-time traffic updates, state websites also release timely road bulletin information that includes ongoing major roadwork and their tentative date of completion.

Many road, weather and traffic conditions on state websites are accessible on mobile phones and other compatible devices. The FHWA also provides links to traffic information services providers, such as AccuTraffic, Beat The Traffic, HERE and SafeTravel USA. These service providers also release apps that can be downloaded on the phone or other gadgets, allowing convenient access to traffic and information across the country.

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