Work is almost complete in 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.
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.
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
Fall 2013 - project complete
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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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