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Seattle-area traffic cameras out of service overnight Nov. 2

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Date:  Friday, November 02, 2012

Contact: Meghan Pembroke, communications, 206-440-4704 (Seattle)
Sean Brackett, traffic operations, 206-440-4453 (Seattle)

Crews will beef up system behind popular traffic map and cameras

SEATTLE – For the second weekend in a row, crews will blank the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Seattle-area traffic cameras while they upgrade the system behind the scenes.

Crews will take down about 100 traffic cameras from 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, while they splice new cables into the Puget Sound-area fiber optic system. 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.

“With winter coming, we know that drivers will be looking to our traffic maps and cameras for current conditions before they head out,” said Sean Brackett, traffic operations engineer. “This upgrade will help keep our system up and running when storms hit.”

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 Lynnwood and Marysville, including interstates 5 and 405, state routes 522, 525, 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. One more outage is planned for the weekend of Nov. 9. Crews expect to finish work by early December.

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