West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Governor Tomblin, State Transportation Secretary Mattox Launch Free Traveler Information System

12/12/2012
Gov. Tomblin and State Transportation Sec. Mattox unveil the new 511 Traveler Information System highway sign
Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office
Gov. Tomblin and State Transportation Sec. Mattox unveil the new 511 Traveler Information System highway sign. Travelers can call 511 in West Virginia for real-time traffic information.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox today launched West Virginia's new free 511 Traveler Information System. West Virginia 511 provides real-time traffic information, including congestion, crashes, construction, lane closures, road conditions and severe weather information on all of West Virginia's interstates and other major highways.

"I am committed to improving the safety of our roadways, and the West Virginia 511 Traveler Information System will be a valuable addition to this effort," Gov. Tomblin said. "For motorists throughout the state, having access to real-time information on traffic and road conditions before they go, provides advanced warning of road conditions and congestion that can be crucial in increasing safety on the roadways."

Motorists can receive real-time traffic updates 24 hours a day by calling 511 toll-free, visiting WV511.org, downloading the free WV 511 Drive Safe mobile app for Android and iPhone, or following WV 511 on Twitter. West Virginia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to "Know Before You Go" by using the West Virginia 511 system before getting behind the wheel.

"We stress Know Before You Go because knowledge of traffic conditions can save you time and contribute to a safe traveling experience," Sec. Mattox said. "We all know traffic conditions change and having modern technology available during your trip can make all the difference-we urge travelers to obey our law and use the technology appropriately."

By dialing 511 from any landline or mobile phone, callers will receive traffic information, road conditions and weather forecasts in addition to transfers to the Department of Tourism and neighboring states' 511 systems. West Virginia 511 also is updated with public safety alerts, including AMBER and Silver alerts.

The WV511.org website provides an interactive map with the locations of traffic incidents, roadway construction and weather advisories. The map also allows users to view traffic cameras from around the state in addition to showing the location of electronic roadway signs and their current messages.

The free WV 511 Drive Safe mobile app offers drivers audible, hands-free traffic alerts. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices and uses the phone's speaker and GPS location to provide audible travel advisories in the driver's vicinity.

For traffic updates via Twitter, WVDOT encourages travelers to follow WV 511 Twitter feeds for statewide, regional and roadway specific traffic updates:

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Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin or Brent Walker
304-558-4977 or 304-558-9227