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New partnership means real-time Louisville traffic info available on Waze app

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new partnership is making it possible for Louisville drivers to get real-time traffic information on their mobile devices.

On Thursday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and the Public Works Department announced that Louisville has been named the fifth city in the U.S. to develop a partnership with Waze, the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app.

"Waze is expected to dramatically improve traffic conditions in Metro Louisville by giving drivers the ability to share real-time traffic and road information," a news release from the mayor's office states. "By answering the question, 'What's happening on our roads right now, and where?' Waze allows the city to more effectively alert citizens and businesses about construction, accidents or special events like community runs, walks and parades."

The city is now sending all its road closure information directly to Waze, which displays it on a mobile app that can be downloaded on smart phones, tablets, or in car navigation systems.

"The information is enhanced by sharing crowd-sourced incident reports from Waze users, also known as Wazers," the news release states. "Users also can put their starting address and ending address -- and Waze will map the most direct route to avoid road closures."

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