New Sonora Traffic Website

MESA, Ariz. — A new Web site is warning people who plan on driving into Mexico about construction work, severe weather, road closures and car accidents. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation recently launched the site, http://www.az511.gov/Sonora, to report details about traffic tie-ups in the Mexican state of Sonora, which borders Arizona.

 

The site, modeled after one that has long been posting traffic information for drivers in Arizona, is thought to be the first international project of its type in the United States. 

To get the site up and running, Arizona transportation workers trained Sonoran officials to post traffic information online. The postings are in English and Spanish. 

The information about Sonora’s highways isn’t yet as extensive as what’s available in parts of Arizona, said Diane D’Angelo, a spokeswoman for Arizona’s transportation department. 

But, she said Mexican officials will get real-time information from law enforcement officers. 

“Obviously, we’re in the infancy stages of this and it will get better,” she said. 

Arizona also is looking to add Sonora information to a telephone hot line that offers travelers traffic information. The 511 line already exists for Arizona drivers. 

But, D’Angelo said officials were still trying to figure out how to record that information. 

“You are dealing with accents and Spanish pronunciations of Mexican towns,” she said. “Do we call it Rocky Point, or do we call it Puerto Penasco?” 

D’Angelo said the transportation department also plans to add information in the next few months about how long the wait is at border crossings. 

Information from: East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune, http://www.aztrib.com

 

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