Want to better plan your morning commute time? The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it a little easier. Beginning yesterday, freeway signs...
Want to better plan your morning commute time?
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it a little easier.
Beginning yesterday, freeway signs at five locations show travel times between major destinations, including several that could help Eastside commuters.
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“Commuters in 14 cities nationally have this travel-time information and find it valuable,” said Michael Forbis, a DOT engineer. “We had the technology to do it here, so it just made sense to give it a try.”
Travel times will be posted during the morning commute, from 6 to 9 a.m., at five locations:
On westbound Interstate 90 at Eastgate, the signs will give travel times between Eastgate and downtown Seattle via Highway 520 or I-90.
On southbound I-405 in Bothell, the signs will give travel times to downtown Bellevue.
On southbound I-5 at the Swamp Creek interchange in Lynnwood, where Interstates 5 and 405 merge. The signs will give travel times from the interchange to downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue.
On northbound I-5 at Southcenter, the signs will give travel times from Southcenter to downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue.
At the U.S.-Canadian border on Interstate 5, the signs will give border wait-time information.
Now, afternoon commute times are posted only on the westbound I-90 sign at Eastgate, from 3 to 7 p.m. The DOT plans to add afternoon commute times to the other signs and will add 13 more signs in mid-March. More will be added this summer.
The commute times come from the DOT’s Web site: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/traveltimes/
While the Web site is updated every few seconds, the highway signs will be updated every five minutes.
Susan Gilmore: 206-464-2054 or firstname.lastname@example.org