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Electronic travel time signs along area freeways activated

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A new tool for drivers traveling between Oregon and Washington went live Thursday. The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation turned on several electronic signs that show the travel times for common destinations in Portland and Vancouver. 

Officials said the signs aim to ease congestion and help drivers with traffic decisions while on the road.

"Drivers can use the information to make decisions about whether to stop for gas, grab a bite to eat or continue on their way," said Dennis Mitchell, Portland area traffic engineer for ODOT. 

Three new signs in Oregon are located on: 

  • Northbound I-5, south of the I-205 split near Tualatin
  • Northbound I-205, near Southeast Sunnyside Road
  • Northbound I-5, south of the Marquam Bridge and before the exit to Interstate 84

Four new signs in Washington are located on:

  • Southbound I-5, north of the Fourth Plain Boulevard exit approaching the exit to state Route 14
  • Southbound I-5, south of state Route 502 before the I-205 split
  • Southbound I-205, south of SR-500 approaching SR-14
  • Westbound SR-14, east of 164th Avenue and before the I-205 junction 

The signs are similar to those already in use in Tacoma and Seattle. A map showing the sign locations is available on the WSDOT blog.

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