Ontario 511 app adds winter safety features

The Ontario government is expanding the 511 app to include new winter driving features that will provide drivers and the trucking industry with additional information to support safer route planning when travelling on provincial highways.

The Ontario 511 app is now available to all drivers and includes these additional features:

  • Track My Plow which will allow drivers to track the location of snowplows and salt trucks on provincial highways in Ontario
  • Information on winter road conditions so drivers can see which roads are bare or covered with snow
  • Weather warnings from Environment Canada to alert drivers of upcoming storms
  • Up-to-date information on rest areas across the province

The app also provides images from over 600 cameras and includes up-to-date highway information on construction, collisions and road closures. The Ontario 511 app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

The winter driving features on the Ontario 511 app build on the province’s actions to improve winter maintenance this year, including an additional 24 Road Weather Information Stations that provide forecasts to help winter maintenance crews prepare for a storm, and improving and expanding rest area infrastructure in Northern Ontario.

Tremblay,N. and Alderson,L., Ministry of Transportation(2020,Nov.19) Ontario Expands Online Tool to Keep Drivers Safe During Winter [media release]

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