We installed 21 new traffic cameras and 14 traffic data stations along I-5 between Bellingham and Blaine, to help improve and expand our intelligent transportation system.
Traffic cameras allow the public, media and WSDOT traffic management centers (TMC's) to see real-time conditions on the highway. This is especially helpful in emergencies or bad weather.
Data stations allow us to use different types of monitoring equipment, such as traffic loops embedded in the roadway, to monitor traffic flow. Data is sent from the roadside to the TMC's to monitor operations and provide traffic conditions to the Web and the 511 traffic information hotline.
Traffic cameras allow us to relay important information to first responders about collisions on the highway, and relay information to the public to help them avoid hazardous road conditions.
We will be able to better relay timely information to drivers about delays caused by traffic, incidents, construction, weather and more, giving them choices on whether to divert to other nearby roads or temporarily avoid travel.
Partnerships & Cooperation
WSDOT worked with local agencies before and during construction to ensure they and the traveling public were aware of our work.
Once the cameras were live, they were added to our local camera page, so drivers, media and first responders could see them via the Web.
This project received federal funding through Coordinated Border Infrastructure funds.
Project Engineer, Chris Damitio
460 Stuart Road,
Bellingham, WA 98226
Communications, Dave Chesson
1043 Goldenrod Road, Suite 101
Burlington, WA 98223
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