State links Issaquah traffic cameras into regional network

June 14, 2011

By Staff

The state Department of Transportation has established a fiber-optic communication link between Issaquah and the regional traffic camera network.

The physical link between Issaquah City Hall Northwest and the Department of Transportation communication system — a fiber-optic connection at the state Route 900 and Interstate 90 westbound on-ramp — is part of the Traffic Buster project.

The effort connects 22 agencies in the Puget Sound region to share transportation data and video from traffic cameras. Once completed, planners said the Traffic Buster network should provide a communication link between participating agencies on the Department of Transportation backbone. In the long term, the project is meant to lay the foundation for regional traffic congestion solutions.

The project is funded through grants and managed by the state transportation agency.

During the week of May 16, a Department of Transportation contractor installed conduit, junction boxes and the fiber-optic communication cable. The state is responsible for providing, installing, setting up and configuring all of the necessary equipment for the city’s connection within the next few months.

The project is not expected to cause traffic impacts.

The city launched a traffic camera website Dec. 28. The site includes information from cameras at 26 intersections citywide.

On the Web

Motorists can check real-time traffic cameras at key intersections at a city website dedicated to the cameras, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/traffic. Or, check conditions around the region at the state Department of Transportation website, http://wsdot.wa.gov/traffic.

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