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Friday, February 04, 2011
Chad Hancock, WSDOT Traffic, 360-905-2240 (Vancouver)
Abbi Russell, WSDOT Communications, 360-905-2058 (Vancouver)
VANCOUVER – Drivers can now check out some new angles on State Route 14 in Vancouver thanks to four new Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) traffic cameras.
Cameras at Blanford Drive, Shorewood Drive, Cascade Park Drive and SE 164th Avenue were brought online Thursday, Feb. 3.
“When combined with the existing network, these cameras give our crews and drivers nearly complete coverage on SR 14 between I-5 and SE 164th Avenue,” said WSDOT Traffic Engineer Chad Hancock.
The cameras are complemented by two new electronic message boards on westbound SR 14 at Columbia House Boulevard and SE 164th Avenue.
The new equipment helps drivers know before they go and react to changing conditions. It also helps WSDOT and the Washington State Patrol monitor the highway and respond to incidents more quickly and efficiently.
The signs and cameras were funded through a $700,000 federal grant from the Vancouver Area Smart Trek program.
WSDOT plans to install five more cameras along SR 14 in the next three years. One new camera will go up at the SE 192nd Avenue interchange in east Vancouver, and a widening project scheduled for construction later this year includes four new cameras between Washougal and Camas.
Drivers can access a statewide network of more than 400 cameras on WSDOT’s Traffic Camera web page and on their mobile devices at www.wsdot.wa.gov/small.
WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state's transportation systems. To learn more about what we're doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 5-1-1.
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