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511 Helpful Hints

Thank you for using to help make your travel more predictable. In addition to visiting this Web site, you can also dial 511 from your phone for statewide travel information. The MaineDOT suggests using these helpful hints for using the 511 Web site and phone service.

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WEB SITE HELP — The MaineDOT Traveler Information Web site is provided to help inform motorists so they can make better decisions about travel in Maine. The site is best viewed at a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It has been developed for use on Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7 but performs well using other Internet browser applications. A free download of Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7 is available at

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Website Help 1 511 Home Page: 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 connection to the Internet, you may want to click on the “Low Bandwidth (Dial-Up)” version in the menu at the top of the page to speed your search for travel-related information.

On the left hand side of this page, check boxes allow selection of various types of information with a legend to provide a key to the symbols on the map. When selections are checked or unchecked symbols appear or disappear on the map to reveal the locations of the selected types of events. In a similar fashion, the check boxes in other parts of this menu allow selection of road conditions, planned future events such as roadwork, cameras and mountain-pass reports.

Pan and Zoom: The Google-based map allows pan and zoom functions to better view specific regions, highways or events. Simply click on the pan and zoom buttons provided in the upper left of the Google map to adjust the view to your preference. You can also click and drag anywhere on the map to pan the map to a new location. The zoom and pan settings that are in the view when this page is closed will be retained when you return to the page, so you can create your own view for use on future visits to the Web site.

Clicking on map icons in this view activates an information bubble for that event. The information bubble provides additional detail about the event. You may also notice as you reorient the map-view that event icons appear in two different sizes. Icon size indicates the importance or priority level of events with larger icons representing higher-priority events and smaller icons showing lower-priority events. This priority level is intended to reflect the degree to which the event impacts traffic.

Amtrak Routes: Checking this box will make the Downeaster station stops appear on the Web page. Selecting any of the station stops will pull up today’s departures for the station. The pop-up window for the stop will then allow you to select “Full Schedule,” which will bring up the full schedule for the Downeaster trains and actual train status information if the trains are delayed.

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Website Help 2 Route Reports or Map View: At the upper left of the page is a button labeled “Switch to Route Reports.” Clicking this button changes the screen to display three main panels. The left-most panel provides check boxes to select specific highways. Selecting a highway then produces a list in the center panel of the reports for the chosen highway. Some highways are divided into sections; These sections are used to help locate areas of interest more quickly and are also used on the associated 511 telephone system.

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Website Help 3 Clicking on particular report in the list displays a map-view of the report on the right side of the screen, highlighting the location and extent of the report.

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Website Help 4 The event report shown in the center panel and the icons on the map are interactive. Clicking on a specific event either in the event list or on the map icon coordinates the map and list causing the event icon on the map to be circled in red and the appropriate event report in the list to be highlighted. Clicking the “Switch to Map” button from this route reports view takes users back to the main map-view.

Users can also access several predefined views of regions within Maine from a drop-down menu near the top of the page titled “Select Map”. This selection can be made from either the map view or the route-reports view and will cause the map to reset the zoom level and re-center the map to be appropriate for the selected pre-defined area. The “Refresh” button should be used to update the data in the event that you have had the page open for a period of time without changing other settings. This will ensure that the event information is up to date and any new reports are displayed.

A variety of other menu options are shown near the top of the page and are explained below.

Link to Low Bandwidth Version — This link will take you to an older version of the Web site that requires less bandwidth appropriate for dial-up or other slow speed Internet connections but accesses the same database of roadway information.

Link to MaineDOT Home — Use this link to visit the MaineDOT’s Web site.

511 Help — Presumably, this is how you accessed this help page and you probably noticed that there are several other selections that are intended to help users understand the service and how to get the most from it.

Link to Version Français — Use this link to access a French language version of the Web site.

Link To Explore Maine — Use this link to access information on alternative forms of transportation in the state of Maine.

Link to Seasonal Posted Roads — Use this link to access pdf Maps of state roads when they are seasonally posted for weight limits.

Privacy — Use this link to view state of Maine Web and privacy policies.

Accessibility — Use this link to view the state’s accessibility policies.

E-Mail 511 MaineDOT — Use this link to send us any comments you may have about the Web site.

511 Phone Service Hints