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Electronic highway signs share real-time information

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UNION GAP, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Transportation is sharing real-time updates for highway drivers. It's to let you know how long the drive will be to Snoqualmie Pass. The three electronic signs are on I-90. They are between North Bend and Ellensburg.

Commuters told WSDOT they want to know timelines so they can plan food and restroom breaks. Traffic Engineer Rick Gifford took that into consideration. "We went to put up some travel time signs so drivers can see as they pass--just before they pass places like Ellensburg and Cle Elum, where they can stop and get those services," Gifford said.

WSDOT is installing 28 sensor devices in and along I-90, which will further help determine traffic. Now parents can actually show their kids when they ask, "are we there yet?"