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Date:  Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Contact: Kelly Stowe, WSDOT Communications, 360-357-2716 (Tumwater)

ROCHESTER – Six new traffic cameras will allow travelers in Thurston County to see a little further down the road on Interstate 5 between Rochester and Tumwater.

The new cameras go live at 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, giving the 56,000 travelers who use this section of I-5 daily a real-time look at road and travel conditions. The cameras will also help the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol see what they are facing when responding to incidents in the area.

“We want people to know what conditions on this stretch of I-5 are like before they leave the house,” said WSDOT Olympic Region Administrator Kevin Dayton. “It’s all about keeping drivers informed so they can avoid possible delays.”

Installed as part of the I-5 Grand Mound to Maytown Stage 2 project, the new cameras are positioned along the roadway between exits 88 and 95. This is one of four projects funded by $390 million from the 2003 and 2005 gas-tax packages to improve traffic flow and safety along an 18-mile stretch of I-5 in Lewis and Thurston counties.

Motorists can also view statewide travel alerts or download WSDOT’s mobile app for more real-time travel information.

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