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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia commuters soon will have new help avoiding troublesome traffic jams.

Motorists who dial 511 will be able to get information on severe weather, congestion or accidents tangling traffic on major highways.

Governor Perdue and state transportation officials unveiled the new system at a news conference this morning.

Perdue says the state has in place a state-of-the-art system gathering traffic information.

Drivers will be able to contribute information to the system and also to get estimated travel time in the metro-Atlanta area, which is known for its lengthy commutes.

Georgia's system is expected to eventually link into a 50-state network. Federal officials say the nationwide system will provide seamless coverage for travelers anywhere in the country.

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