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New cameras, message board provide traffic updates along Guide Meridian

Drivers heading north on Guide Meridian can now check traffic cameras, get updated wait times for border crossings at Lynden and Sumas and find out weather conditions en route.

Work crews have installed 14 new traffic cameras and a weather station along Guide Meridian and Highway 9 near Sumas for the Washington Department of Transportation.

DOT's goal is to provide real-time updates on traffic conditions if you're heading north to the Lynden and Sumas border crossings. Camera images automatically update every two minutes.

The $2.8 million project includes a new electronic message board already installed - but not yet live - on Guide Meridian between Smith and Axton roads. The board will include border crossing information, like wait times, for drivers heading north.

Crews also installed a weather station to help monitor air and surface temperatures - important when DOT has to decide when to apply deicer or send out snow plows. The information also will be available to emergency responders and the public.

"The cameras will provide up-to-the-minute information about traffic conditions and collisions, which will help people decide the best route," Project Engineer Chris Damitio said in a press release. "The weather station is valuable because conditions can change quickly, particularly during the winter."

The work was done by Valley Electric Co. of Mount Vernon.

The majority of the cost for both projects was paid from federal border infrastructure funding.

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