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I-5 - SR 510 to SR 512 - ITS Fiber Improvements


April 2014

  • This project to install a fiber optic cable system along 16 miles of I-5 between SR 510 in Lacey and SR 512 in Lakewood was complete in March, 2014.

Why is WSDOT installing fiber optic cable along I-5?
WSDOT is expanding its electronic infrastructure that supports "smart highway" devices such as variable-message signs, ramp meters and closed-circuit TV cameras. All these devices help WSDOT manage traffic flow and communicate real-time traffic conditions to the public and media. 

The End Result
This project is preparatory to larger projects coming in the near future in which crews will install the actual communication devices. 

Project Benefits
The benefits to this project will be seen when future projects install the actual "smart highway" devices. Until then, the benefit is that stages of work are getting completed as resources allow, moving closer to the end goal of improving traffic management and communication with the public.

What is the project timeline?
Summer 2013 - construction
Winter 2014 - project complete

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 300597T
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $1,509
Total $1,509

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

This WSDOT project has been funded through a 2011 TIGER Grant, awarded by the US Department of Transportation.

How can I get more information?
Kim Mueller, P.E. 
WSDOT Project Engineer

Claudia Bingham Baker
WSDOT Communications Manager

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