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Information system to help drivers in Washington state during construction

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Drivers in traffic will be aided through a new information system in Washington state.
Drivers in traffic will be aided through a new information system in Washington state.

As construction equipment moves on projects, many drivers may find that their commutes are slowed by delays.

However, the Washington State Department of Transportation is making an attempt to get a little more information to people who travel roads affected by the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

State Route 99 will see a number of implements installed to help provide real-time information on the project. Along with traffic cameras, electronic message boards and signal timers are intended to help keep traffic going on both the state route and other roadways affected by the construction.

The plan is part of the department's SR 99 Intelligent Technology Systems Project, which started recently.

"Other enhancements include added bus service, variable speed signs on I-5 and providing information about travel alternatives and incentives to encourage use of transit, carpool and vanpool programs," a WSDOT report said.

Along with information through the program, modern drivers have a number of resources available through advancements in technology. Along with the typical traffic report, some drivers may have navigating computers in their cars, which can give real-time traffic information and alternative routes.

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