Issaquah unveils real-time traffic cameras on city routes
December 28, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 3:35 p.m. Dec. 28, 2010
Motorists can receive real-time information about Issaquah traffic due to improvements the city unveiled Tuesday.
The city has launched a traffic camera website with information from cameras at 26 intersections citywide.
The city announced the program in May and, in recent days, pushed to activate the system in time for forecasted snow showers.
The technology does not allow for streaming video to be posted to the site. Instead, the site refreshes a series of images every minute or so.
Motorists can check the camera feeds and alerts — either from home computers, smart phones or other devices — to gauge traffic before taking to city streets.
Officials said the city received numerous requests from drivers to make real-time traffic images available.
“By posting these camera images online, our citizens can now make more informed decisions about their trips before they even get behind the wheel,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a statement. “This site will also be extremely useful for our entire community during severe weather events.”
In November 2004, city voters approved a $3.63 million bond measure to fund the Intelligent Transportation System. The project later received state and federal grants; the infusion freed up city bond dollars for additional improvements to the network.
The planned upgrades reached City Council members in April. The council agreed to spend $84,000 to post the traffic images online, add monitors for the feeds at the Issaquah Police Department and improve the traffic signal-timing plans through important corridors.
The equipment and software to add the real-time images to the city website carried a $49,000 price tag, but the project came in under budget.
The state Department of Transportation also operates Interstate 90 traffic cameras along the Issaquah route.