Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Easton Bridge Repair continued...

Those clever folks working on the I-90 Easton bridge project have figured out how to add some temporary cameras to the bridge location so you can watch the progress of the project.
They were able to place the camera so you can actually see the bridge.

Media is fun isn't it. We also have photos of the girders being created, and a video (on YouTube) showing the challenges of setting the girders on the bridge. The snow you see in the background just showed up this weekend and luckily they had a break in the weather to be able to get this done.



The Geezer said...

Hey Jeremy--

First, the cameras don't work.
Second, who is paying for them, and how much do they cost?

Oh, I know the answer, just like the Hood Canal Graving dock camera, they are buried in a subcontract, and you can't tell me how much, or how many hits they have gotten.

Check, my tax money at work, that you can't account for, or let me make an objective judgement of value.

As Emily Litella used to say on SNL, NEVERMIND>

The Geez

Jeremy Bertrand said...

Hey Geez,

We haven't had any issues with the cameras updating on the site, could you be more specific on what part of them wasn't working? Here is a direct link to one of those cameras:

Are you seeing an old camera? Are you not seeing a camera at all? There are many issues that affect whether or not a page renders correctly, I would be happy to assist you adjust your browser settings to make sure you are getting the latest information.

The cameras are mounted on a mobile electronic sign,its the same sign that we used for the I-90 rockslides a couple of years ago.

We are tracking usage on these, here are the stats we have right now for the page I mentioned above:
Nov 26th: 3,300 page views, estimated 1,800 people looked at it
Nov 27th: 4,400 page views, an estimated 1,100 people looked at it
(a page view occurs every time the page is loaded into a users browser).

Interesting that fewer people looked at the page on Tuesday but they looked at it more often throughout the day.

It wasn't looked at nearly as much when it was at Cle Elum, but since it was moved to the project location it is getting much more use.

Is that the information you were looking for on usage? Let me know if you have further questions.

I will have costs available tomorrow morning.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

The unit that is providing the snapshots was purchased originally several years ago for about $60,000.

We have used it for five projects including: both rockfalls on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass, the project to stabilize the rock slope on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass, the truck adding lane project from Ryegrass to Vantage and now the Easton Bridge Repair project.

Currently it costs about $110 to run the VMS sign a month. It costs about $50 for the cell phone bill and $60 for maintenance.

Diana said...

Thanks so much for this! I enjoyed it a lot.

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