Automated speed-enforcement cameras coming to Snoqualmie Pass
September 11, 2012
An automated speed-enforcement camera will be placed in a construction zone on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass beginning Sept. 17, in an attempt to slow drivers and improve safety, according to a Sept. 10 press release from the state’s Department of Transportation.
Travelers passing through the five-mile-long work zone of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East – Hyak to Keechelus Dam project, where crews are working to build a new, safer and more reliable six-lane highway, will see signs warning “Speed limit photo enforced.”
The Washington State Legislature directed WSDOT to use the cameras in active construction zones as a pilot program that ends June 2013, according to the press release.
When winter weather hits and construction moves off the I-90 roadway, WSDOT will move the program to another location. In 2008 and 2009, the cameras were used in two work zones on Interstate 5 south of Olympia, and they helped reduce speeds in both areas, according to the press release.
A small sport utility vehicle parked near the highway will monitor speeds both eastbound and westbound and a camera will capture the rear license plates of speeding vehicles. Drivers caught speeding by automated enforcement in the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass work zone could face a $137 citation.
“A successful program for us isn’t about the number of citations, it’s about lowering speeds. We want drivers to slow down for their safety and construction crews,” said John Nisbet, traffic operations director for WSDOT, in the press release. “Drivers speeding in work zones are putting contractor and WSDOT crews, themselves and other travelers at risk.”