Drivers commuting through the South Sound on Interstate 5 will soon have new tools to help them when traffic bogs down.
The state Department of Transportation has installed seven new traffic cameras between Nisqually and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Drivers will be able to look at the cameras before they hit the road to see what the 11-mile stretch between Lacey and Lakewood looks like.
The cameras are located at Marvin Road, Mounts Road, Center Drive, DuPont/Steilacoom Road, just north of DuPont and near the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Main Gate.
The transportation agency also has installed three new ramp meters to help manage the area, which gets congested during peak commuting times.
The meters are located at the northbound I-5 on-ramps at Marvin, Nisqually and Mounts Road.
“WSDOT will monitor these interchanges daily and activate the ramp meters as needed during peak travel times,” DOT wrote in a press release. “Engineers will be able to control the pace of the ramp meters when congestion fluctuates in the corridor.”
The cameras and meters were part of a $1 million project. They will start running Monday.