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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Seattle Adding 57 More Traffic Cameras in 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
11/23/2009  4:00:00 PM
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Seattle Adding 57 More Traffic Cameras in 2009
Will provide more real-time street views for roadway users

SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will nearly double the number of cameras providing real-time information to the city and the public by adding 57 traffic cameras this year. The installation of these new closed circuit television cameras, which will be operational by early 2010, is just one of many significant enhancements occurring this year to the city’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

“Crews are installing traffic cameras in Ballard, City Center, SODO and West Seattle this year, which will significantly address congestion when they come on-line,” said Seattle Department of Transportation Director Grace Crunican. “With more information available to our Traffic Management Center, we can immediately improve roadway conditions by remotely adjusting signal timing or bridge operations. The public also benefits by accessing real-time traffic information through the Traveler’s Information Web site and electronic road signs.”

The ITS upgrades taking place now and into early 2010 will also increase the number of dynamic message signs from three to 14, add more fiber backbone connections between them and install wireless operation for some local intersections’ traffic detection. The public will also see improvements in SDOT’s online Traveler’s Information Map (www.seattle.gov/travelers) as it will soon be accessible via hand-held devices. The newly installed equipment requires a testing phase once construction is complete and is expected to be in service by the spring of 2010.

One important benefit of ITS information is that it helps keep freight moving, improving overall traffic flow for both freight and passenger vehicles. Ensuring trucks travel safely and efficiently to and from the Port of Seattle and our two major industrial centers is vital to the region’s economy.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

 


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