WSDOT’s new cameras bring a clearer picture of Puget Sound traffic

Live traffic cameras allow drivers to make informed travel decisions

News WSDOT June 07, 2007
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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) engineers have added 16 new cameras to the popular traffic maps at www.wsdot.wa.gov/
traffic/seattle. As of June 6, the new cameras are live and online.

“We hear it over and over again. ‘We love the traffic cameras, please add more,” said Martin Dedinsky, WSDOT traffic engineer. “So now we have 155 online in the greater Puget Sound region for drivers to check out before they hit the road.”

Drivers will find the new cameras at the following locations:

  • State Road 18: Tiger Mountain, Auburn Way, and C Street;
  • State Road 202: East Lake Sammamish Parkway;
  • State Road 522: Fales/Echo Lake (2);
  • I-5 at State Road 531;
  • US 2: State Road 522, Kelsey Street, Main Street and Lewis Street/State Road 203; and
  • State Road 532: four new cameras between I-5 and Camano Island.

New cameras are added to the roadways and traffic maps two ways: either they are installed as part of a widening or safety project, as was the case on US 2 in Monroe and State Road 522 and State Road 531; or the legislature can allocate funds to install traffic cameras where they feel there is a strong need, as was the case near SR 532’s Mark Clark Bridge and Tiger Mountain.

Regardless of the source of funding, the cameras provide a clearer picture of Puget Sound traffic for all drivers. The advance information enables drivers to make travel choices before they hit the road. WSDOT has also made traffic maps and cameras available for many internet-accessible cell phones at www.wsdot.wa.gov/small.

Visitors to the traffic websites will notice other changes. To accommodate the new traffic cameras, the WSDOT web team redesigned the website. Drivers will see the new Tiger Mountain camera on the right, not directly over Tiger Mountain. New links to cameras in the Stanwood area and the Monroe area have also been added to the traffic map.

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