TripCheck.com and 511 Know before you go

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Need to check the pass conditions for Siskiyou or Sexton mountains? Look no further than TripCheck.com, the Oregon Department of Transportation’s travel information website. The TripCheck.com network of cameras now includes more than 260 cameras statewide.

Cell phones, PDAs
Oregon road condition information is available for cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). The new service provides incident information, road closures, traveler services, camera views and more, formatted specifically for the smaller screens of mobile devices.

Users simply go to the site on their mobile device, www.TripCheck.com or www.TripCheck.com/mobile. An easy-to-use menu offers access to traffic alerts, incident information, road conditions, and traveler services. In addition, cameras within three miles of a reported incident are linked directly to that incident for quick visual checking. Users can also create and save a list of the cameras they check most often.

5-1-1 service
ODOT’s phone system provides the same road condition information as TripCheck.com, simply dial 511. Please be aware that some phone companies in Oregon do not support the 511 dialing option. If your carrier is among this group, please dial our other toll-free number 800-977-ODOT (6368). If you are dialing from outside the state of Oregon, please dial 503-588-2941.

Use TripCheck 511 system’s voice recognition system to ‘speak’ your instructions into the system, just follow the prompts provided. This can speed your use of the system and make selection easier, particularly for cell phone users.

The system will also allow you to interrupt the information being presented if you want to navigate to another menu. For instance, speak ‘highway’ at any time and it will return you to the Road Conditions by Highway menu option.

Custom pages
On TripCheck, click on the “Cameras” tab. Click “View” to see the Custom Cam page with the images you’ve selected. If you like your custom cam page, save it. The page will appear as a link. Open it at any time to get the latest visual of your commute or trip, or share it with friends, family, or coworkers.

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