Online traffic monitoring of I-5 about to improve

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Online traffic monitoring of Interstate 5 through Western Washington is about to improve.

A five-mile stretch between Everett and Marysville has always been a blind spot because there are no car-counting sensors or traffic cameras in that stretch of road.

The state Department of Transportation tells The Daily Herald that is changing soon.

State crews plan to install traffic-counting loops in the road and six cameras on the shoulder. The state's cameras are just for traffic monitoring, not to enforce traffic laws.

The fiber-optic lines for the new cameras also will allow the state to activate 12 other cameras already installed farther north.

When the project is done, more complete traffic flow information will be available on the state's website.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com