New traffic cams, flow sensors part of SDOT's viaduct tool belt

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 18 at 2:36 PM

SEATTLE – In anticipation of the nine day closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the City of Seattle has launched new live streaming traffic cameras, in addition to the still cameras they have all around the city.

Visitors to the SDOT website can access the cameras as well as information about drive times and construction projects.

A map lays out all of the cameras. As you zoom in, more cameras become visible.

SDOT has also launched new technology that automatically senses traffic conditions and will adjust traffic signals to help flow. SDOT managers can also monitor traffic cameras and change those signals manually.

While the new tools will help drivers navigate around the closure, transportation officials are strongly urging drivers to consider using mass transit.

Seattle police will also help direct traffic near closed off streets and ramps.

The viaduct closure begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and is expected to end Oct. 30.

For more information on how to get around the closure, visit our Viaduct Crunch page.

 

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