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Friday, November 09, 2012
Bronlea Mishler, communications, 206-440-4696 (Seattle)
SEATTLE – For a third and final weekend, crews will blank the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Everett-area traffic cameras to upgrade the fiber optic system that keeps the cameras running.
Crews will take about 100 traffic cameras offline from 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, to noon Saturday, Nov.10, while they splice new cables into the Puget Sound-area fiber optic system. During this time, the popular cameras will not be available from the WSDOT website, or the iPhone, iPad or Android apps.
The upgrade is part of a $2.1 million project to replace failing cables and make the system more reliable in the event of power outages or vandalism.
“When snow and ice hit, drivers rely on our traffic cameras to check the highways before they head out the door,” said Sean Brackett, traffic operations engineer. “It’s important that our cameras are reliable no matter what the weather throws at us.”
The upgrade will also allow for future expansion of the system, which is at capacity after 19 years of service. Friday’s outage will primarily affect cameras between Mill Creek and Marysville, including interstates 5 and 405, state routes 527 and 96, and US 2.
During the outage, drivers can check traffic conditions by following @wsdot_traffic on Twitter (www.twitter.com/wsdot_traffic) or viewing current travel alerts on WSDOT’s website: www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts.
Crews are upgrading and expanding WSDOT’s fiber optic system as part of the I-5 Dayton Avenue North to 128th Street Southwest Intelligent Transportation System Rehabilitation project. This is the final weekend of camera outages, and crews expect to wrap up work by early December.
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