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PSC Approves Division of Highways' Request To Establish 511 Dialing Code
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 25, 2012 12:40 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Motorists in West Virginia will eventually be able to dial 511 to receive information about accidents and adverse travel conditions as the result of a Public Service Commission decision.
The PSC issued an order Thursday granting a petition by the state Department of Transportation to implement the new dialing code to improve communication relating to traffic and transportation conditions, according to a news release from the PSC.
The commission formed a task force to investigate the proposal from the DOH. After a series of meetings, the task force recommended the commission approve the assignment of the 511 dialing code to DOH.
In Thursday’s order, the commission accepted the recommendation from the task force and noted that all wireline carriers currently providing retail telecommunications services in West Virginia would need to program their switching equipment to properly route 511 calls.
Additionally, the commission ordered that because the DOH would bear all the costs of establishing the 511 program, no additional costs were passed on to ratepayers.
The release did not indicate when the 511 dialing code would be available.
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