Want to better plan your morning commute time? The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it a little easier. Beginning yesterday, freeway signs...

Share story

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.

Most Read Stories

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.

“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 sgilmore@seattletimes.com