New way to check West Seattle Bridge traffic: See it live

October 14, 2011 at 6:03 am | In Transportation, West Seattle news, West Seattle online | 8 Comments

Something new turned up on the city’s Travelers Information traffic-info map: Links to live video from the two main cameras on the West Seattle Bridge. There’s no direct link so far as we can tell, so here’s how to get to them: Go to the map, scroll till you see “Live Traffic Video” on the lower right, click that, and it opens a list of 12 cameras around the city, including the two on the bridge. The video seems to stop after 30 seconds, though, requiring another click to resume. We’ll be checking with SDOT later this morning to find out more about this new addition.

8 Comments

  1. Pretty sweet. For me 30 seconds is all I need to determine if/when to travel. I imagine that limiting it to 30 seconds (I didn’t try) keeps the costly bandwidth to a minimum; people may leave the video up for hours otherwise. I would prefer something besides Flash though, need to reach those iPhones and iPads (again, I didn’t try, just guessing).

    I am lucky though that I can work from home over the last week of October. :-)

    Comment by Greg — 7:48 am October 14, 2011 #

  2. I can get a black window with SDOT LIVE in the lower right corner and a wait animation but I can’t get actual video. Tried Chrome and IE9. Maybe it’s a firewall setting or something. Thanks for mentioning and I look forward to seeing it!

    Comment by ScottA — 8:41 am October 14, 2011 #

  3. This works on the iPad.

    No need to scroll, it looks like mobile devices have been taken into consideration.

    Tap “menu”, scroll to the bottom, click the play button, the best part… do a reverse-pinch and you have a full screen view.

    Whoever developed this knows that Flash is a backasswards way of sharing video.

    Comment by Wendell — 9:53 am October 14, 2011 #

  4. @ScottA, I am on Safari and it worked for me(TM).
    @Wendell good to know, thanks for the info. Just got my new iPhone 4s delivered so I will give it a try too. :)

    Comment by Greg — 12:07 pm October 14, 2011 #

  5. Can’t see a thing on Google Chrome.
    Black squares.
    ….wait, now it’s working.

    Comment by pigeonmom — 3:13 pm October 14, 2011 #

  6. Now all they have to do is zoom in and $tart recording the plates of Bus Lane violators in the morning rush! Kah-Ching!

    Comment by 22blades — 4:36 pm October 14, 2011 #

  7. Works on my iPhone 4. :)

    Comment by T — 7:37 am October 15, 2011 #

  8. Great, now we can whatch the losey trafic we sit in every mornning on tv.

    Comment by boy — 8:51 pm October 15, 2011 #

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