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Ways to avoid traffic during Gasparilla

Ways to avoid traffic during Gasparilla

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (970 WFLA) – The Florida Department of Transportation said motorists should expect additional traffic in Tampa this weekend as hundreds of thousands are expected to converge on downtown for this year's Gasparilla pirate fest.

There are also several roadway construction projects underway in the Tampa area attendees may encounter on their way to Gasparilla, FDOT said.

FDOT encourages the use of the 511 traveler information system provides info on all of Florida's interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways, including those near the event, such as I-4, I-75 and I-275.

There are four convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates:

-call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.

-visit fl511.com - with interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.

-download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on google play and iTunes.

-follow one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on twitter, including fl511-tampabay, fl511-i75 and fl-511-i4. For custom alerts, travelers can sign up for my Florida 511 personalized services on fl511.com. Users can register their route online to hear  information on that route first when calling 511. With personalized services, travelers also can register to receive traffic alerts via phone call, text  message or email.

FDOT officials said check 511 before hitting the road, have a passenger check 511 while driving or pull over to avoid distracted driving.

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