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Make Safe Travel Decisions
The Nebraska Department of Roads provides numerous resources to assist travelers.
You, and you alone are responsible for making the final decision to travel during inclement weather.
The Nebraska Department of Roads is NOT responsible for the travel decisions YOU make,
or for situations that occur as a result of your travel decisions.
 
 

What is 511 - ATIS?
Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) is now the national acronym that is used in conjunction with 511.
 


511 Full Featured Website Help
Navigating the site
The Nebraska Department of Roads Traveler Information website is provided to help in decisions about travel in Nebraska.

This default page allows access to a variety of reports and information. It has been designed to work best on a high-speed Internet connection. If you do not have a high-speed Internet connection, you may want to click on the "Streamlined Version" in the menu bar at the top of the 511 page to speed your search for travel-related information.

Icons will show on the map by selecting the boxes in the menu on the left sidebar. The menu allows the selection of "All Reports," “Cameras,” "Traffic Speeds," and "Weather Stations.”

Nebraska Winter Travel Condition Definitions
The Nebraska Department of Roads reports winter road conditions on Interstates, U.S., and state highways in Nebraska. These definitions are intended to provide road condition status information. Remember that road conditions may change rapidly, and the status of current conditions may not always be readily available. A roadway with no report available does not indicate that normal winter driving is possible; adverse driving conditions may be present. It is always important for the public to be prepared to exercise caution while driving during the winter months.

Normal or Wet: Normal winter driving conditions exist. This includes dry and wet roadways, but any precipitation on the road is not freezing. A wet condition could result in reduced traction.

Partially covered: Frost, ice, sleet/slush, snow or a mixture of precipitation is causing the roadway to be partially covered (up to 50 percent). Drivers may experience periods when roadway markings are difficult to see. With continued precipitation, the roadway surface may become slick, snow packed and rutted.

Completely covered: The roadway is completely covered with precipitation (i.e. frost, ice, sleet/slush, snow or a mixture). Roadway markings are obscured making it difficult to differentiate between the roadway and its surroundings. These conditions can make travel difficult and hazardous.

Impassable or Closed: A road that is impassable is blocked by snow or vehicles. A road that is closed has travel restricted by barricades, fence, gate, equipment/vehicles or other physical means.

Advisory statement:
Travel not advised: The roadway has deteriorated to the point that it is very dangerous to travel. Emergency vehicles and snow removal equipment may be called off of the roadway due to the conditions. Some weather conditions can be severe enough that roadway treatments, such as salt or sand, are not effective. In the event of an emergency, it may be impossible to get emergency vehicles to the scene.


Mobile Website
The mobile website can be viewed from any Web-enabled phone or smartphone by visiting http://mb.511.nebraska.gov/ne3g/. This is a primarily text-based version with images for cameras.


Android and iPhone Apps
The Nebraska Department of Roads has a 511 smartphone application to meet the growing trend of information on mobile devices – "Nebraska 511." The application works on smartphones and tablets that operate on the iPhone and Android platforms.

The Nebraska 511 app provides statewide, real-time traffic information. The Nebraska 511 app reports information for interstates, U.S. routes and state highways in Nebraska. It does not include information for county roads or city streets.

Remember, the primary responsibility of every driver is the safe operation of his/her vehicle. Nebraska has a law prohibiting individuals from using a handheld electronic communication device to write, send or read a text message while driving a motor vehicle. Click here to see details of the law and other state laws.

         
Get the Android App            Get the iPhone App


Accounts
You can create a personal Your 511 account to save routes for easy future access.

Creating an account
If you do not have an account, click the "sign in" link in the upper right corner of the screen next to Your 511. Then click on the “Get Started” button. The New Account page will ask for your first name, last name, email address, and password. The email address you enter will be used to confirm your account, and to log into your account in the future. Check the box next to "Sign me in automatically on this computer" if you want Your 511 to remember your account information the next time you visit the site. Press the "Create my account" button to submit your information. You will receive an email message at the email address you provided, that says By clicking Accept to activate your account, you accept the Terms of Use (a link you can click on to read the Terms of Use).  Click the "Accept" link to activate your account. You must activate your account within 24 hours or it will be deleted.

Logging into your account
If you already have an account and are not signed in to the web site automatically, click the "sign in" link in the upper right corner of the screen next to Your 511. Enter your email address and password into the boxes provided.

Changing account settings
You can change your account settings at any time. To open the My Account Settings page, click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the page and click on “My account settings.” Here you have options to retrieve your password, change your password, or delete your account. The Account Settings page will also let you change your first and last name and email address.

  • Name or Email Changes
    You can change your name and/or email address by typing into the appropriate text boxes, then entering your current password and clicking the "Save changes" button. To change your password, click the "Change my password" link. A new window will open, asking you to enter your current and new passwords. Click "Save" to finalize your changes.

  • Password Recovery
    If you forget your password, click the "Forgot your password?" link on the Sign In window or Account Settings window. We will email you a temporary password. After logging in with this temporary password, you can change your password to something easier for you to remember. See the previous section, "Changing account settings," for more information about changing your password.

  • Deleting Your Account
    You can delete your account from the Account Settings window by clicking the "Delete my account" link. Press "OK" in the confirmation window, and your account will be deleted.


Alerts
Nebraska direct messaging feature now allows users with an account to sign up to receive text messages and/or emails alerting them to incidents and delays along their saved routes.

Signing up for alerts
To sign up for alerts, log in to your account. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the page and click on “My account settings” and then click on the "My alerts" tab. Here it shows you what button to push next to a saved route to receive an email notification. You can also sign up for text alerts by selecting the “Yes” button and inputting your cell phone number and your wireless provider. If your wireless provider is not listed you will need to ask your carrier for your phone’s SMS gateway email address. For example, if your carrier is U.S. Cellular they are not in the list of carriers. You would need to enter your 10 digit phone number without the dashes@email.uscc.net in the box asking for this. Then, to verify your cell phone number and start receiving alerts, click the blue "Verify Now" text. You'll immediately get a text message with a 4 digit code, which you should enter as directed in the verification box. As soon as your phone number is verified, you're all set to start receiving alerts - just select the types of alerts you'd like to receive, “Critical, Urgent, Routine, or All.” You can also select to receive Statewide Emergency messages (24/7). It will also ask you to check the box that you accept the Terms of Use and pledge never to text while driving. Lastly, click the “Save changes” button to make sure you have saved everything.

Scheduling alerts
To schedule an alert, click the gray 3 bar menu button to the left of the name of the route you'd like to set an alert for and click on “Schedule alerts.” Select the days of the week and time of day you'd like to get alerts for, then select either: email alerts, text alerts, or both, and hit "Save." Once alerts are active for your saved route, a bell will appear to the right of the route name, and you'll begin receiving your reports automatically. You can disable alerts for a route at any time by clicking the gray 3 bar menu button and selecting “Turn alerts off.”


Route Reports
Creating a route
Start creating your personalized route by entering an origin and destination into the boxes labeled A and B. These can be street addresses, cities, or landmark names. Or, you can right-click the map at your starting and ending locations. The quickest route between your two points will be calculated automatically and drawn with a blue line on the map. Colored pins labeled A and B will mark the origin and destination points.

To adjust the origin or destination, type a new address, city, or landmark name into the A or B box, or click and drag the colored pins on the map. The route will change accordingly.

Viewing route reports
After you have created a route, if any reports are available for that route, a list of reports will appear below the A and B boxes. The list will include road reports that are currently affecting state highways along your route according to the latest information we have in our systems. Click on any report in the list to view it on the map to the right. Reports are available only for state and Interstate highways in Nebraska. If you want to get directions from point B to point A, select the gray 3 bar menu icon next to the estimated time it will take you to get from point A to point B and you can select “Go the other way” to get your route in the opposite direction.

Getting driving directions
After you have created a route, click the gray 3 bar menu icon next to the estimated time it will take you to get from point A to point B. In this menu you can select "Show directions" to view step-by-step driving directions for that route. Driving directions can be minimized at any time by clicking the - (minus) symbol, and expanded again by clicking the + symbol. You can also print this list.

Saving a route
To save a route, you will need to create an account and log in. After you’re logged in to your account, a link that says "Save this route" will appear beneath each new route you create. Follow this link to give the route a name (e.g. "Home to Airport") and save it for future reference. Up to 20 different routes can be saved to your account.

Managing your routes
To view and modify saved routes, you will need to create an account and log in. When you log in, the first thing you will see is a list of your saved routes. When you move your mouse over a route name, the origin and destination points will appear on the map using blue dots connected by a blue arrow. Click on any route name to view traffic reports and driving directions for that route. To edit a route, click the gray 3 bar menu icon to the left of the route name and click "Edit this route." To delete a route, click "Delete this route." To return to your list of routes at any time, click the “Home” icon and click on Your Favorites.

Printing route information
You can print the current list of reports and/or driving directions for any route by clicking the gray 3 bar menu icon and selecting "Print reports." A printer-friendly window will open up containing a list of current traffic reports affecting that route. If you have opened the driving directions for that route, they will also be included in the print view. Press the "Print" button to print your selections.


Other States' Road Condition Reports
All U.S. States

Surrounding States by Web and Phone

Iowa

511 or 800-288-1047

Missouri

800-222-6400

Kansas

511 or 866-511-5368

Colorado

303-639-1111

Wyoming

888-996-7623

South Dakota

511 or 866-697-3511

 

 

 

 

 


DISCLAIMERS

511 Data Disclaimer
The forecasts and reports found on this system are based on information compiled from numerous sources. While every attempt is made to be as accurate as possible, conditions can and do change rapidly.

During inclement weather it is advisable that travel be delayed until highway maintenance activities have been performed. Always drive at speeds reasonable for the conditions of the highway.

DO NOT rely on any of this information as the sole basis for travel decisions. Before you travel in bad weather, check several resources to gather as much information as possible about the weather and road conditions. You and you alone are responsible for making the final decision to travel during periods of bad weather.

The Nebraska Department of Roads is not responsible for the travel decisions YOU make, or for situations that occur as a result of your travel decisions.

 

Links

  • The Department of Roads uses links to other web sites to assist users in locating information on topics that might be of interest to them. We try to select our links carefully, but the Department cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by linked sites.
  • In addition, links may be created by NDOR for informational purposes where the linked external website will provide useful and valuable information to visitors to this web portal.
  • Use of an outside link does not constitute an endorsement by the Department or any of its employees of the sponsors of the site or the products or views presented on the site. (If you feel that the content of an outside link is inappropriate - please contact the Webmaster.)
  • This site contains links to sites that are not maintained or under the control of the State of Nebraska. As such, technical problems with outside links, other than a link that has been removed or changed, should be reported to the entity that maintains the site, not NDOR (Nebraska Department of Roads).
  • NDOR, at its sole discretion, will determine whether the external website meets the purpose of this web portal or for the specified informational purposes. Links to external websites and pages may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of NDOR, at any time without notice.
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