Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Looking at new ways to present traveler information...

We are always looking for ways to improve the travel information we offer on our website to help you make the most informed decision and know before you go.  Recently, new technology is available that gives us new ways to display traffic conditions to you.

We'd like to show you what we have been working on internally and hope you'll  take the time to let us know what you think. On this new "alpha website," we have taken most information from our existing traffic website and put it on what we call a "slippery map." (We are calling it alpha, because we don't think it's ready for a beta just yet.) This "slippery map" is one that you can pan and zoom into, to see everything that could be happening on your route to make a truly informed travel decision before you leave.

Let us know what you think of this new website by leaving a comment in the comment area below.  We know it isn't quite finished yet, we have a few things that were left out because we want to check with you to make sure this is the direction that we should be going..

Some things we would like you to think about  while using the map
  • Does it give you a better picture of the traffic conditions on roadway?
  • Is it harder/easier to find your route home?
  • How is the navigation speed of the map?
  • Do the layers of information load quickly for you?

There are many unknowns with a site like this and our focus while you are browsing is to collect some metrics.  We need to make sure this site will handle the amount of spiking web traffic we get when it snows or have inclement weather in the Northwest. We average around 700,000 page views per day in the summer months and that number moves up to 1 million page views per day in the winter months.  When it snows in the greater Puget Sound area that number can go as high as 6 million page views per day.  We know that there is nothing more frustrating than a website that is not available when you need it and we want to make sure that no matter what direction we go our website can handle the demand.

Thanks for taking the time to check this site out and offering your feedback, we appreciate it.

Without further ado here is a link to our Alpha Traffic and Travel information website.

(Please leave feedback by clicking on comment icon on top right of this story.)

118 comments:

Anonymous said...

Need a legend for the map symbols, on the Ferry site they made the X on the popup windows darker so you could see it. You should do the same here.

Anonymous said...

I like it, very smooth. Would be nice to have the ability to layer the roads over the aerial image, but the overall use and feel is simple and uncomplicated. Good Work!

Steve said...

When zoomed out it would be nice to see major state highways in addition to interstates and US highways. I found US 2, US 12, SR 28, SR 20, US 195 missing in the whole state view. I know there is a line between how much to show and how much not too but these seemed to not show up until I zoomed in much closer.

Other than that the map is easy to use, smooth, and gives the information I need all in one spot.

CSA said...

Map is very smooth, no typical re-load stutter as you navigate. However when I click on an icon, the box pops up and I can't get it to go away, or its unclear how to exit the pop-up. Good start.

Anonymous said...

Would like to have mileposts as an option to toggle on or off. Mountain pass icons need names to help differentiate them. Zoom function works well. It's great to have the cameras grouped together to view larger stretches of highway. Having all the tools together in one place (alerts, cameras, flow maps, etc.) is very helpful.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

Thanks for the milepost comment, I would love to see that also. For now you can see mileposts for major highways by clicking on the Open Street Map basemap on the left and zooming in.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

Good comment about the legend, we missed that on the checklist.

@CSA - there is a light gray x on the upper right of the popup image that you click on to close the window. We are working to darken it.

Anonymous said...

It would be great if it would give you the ability to look at travel times - so I could decide between Route A or B to work (520 or 90 bridges).

Sally in WA said...

The popup box needs a close function so I can see other alerts in the area. Thanks for including pass conditions and cams, especially as we move into winter months. But I would like to see the names of each so I click on the right one. Nice work on the Alpha site.

Anonymous said...

Very fast and smooth interface on the computer. But does not work on my cell phone browser thus its not very practical for on the go use.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

We've tested it on the Android and on the iPhone and it worked for us, what phone/browser combination are you using?

Anonymous said...

Zoom in/out is nice and fluid, but I didn't see where you could scroll North/South/East/West.

Anonymous said...

Looks good, however when clicking on an object near the top, info popups near the top do not allow you to access the "X" to close the popup. This is observed on the Alerts map.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

To move the map North/South/East/West you merely click on the map and drag it the opposite direction you want to go.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us play with the site. I think this will be a great replacement to the current site as it has everything on one page. I agree with Steve, it will be nice to see major highways, SR, Interstates etc when selecting the state view. On the current site, there are cameras you can play traffic flows, will those be available? There are cameras missing as well, but that’s understandable as this is a work in progress site. Will it be possible to overlay streets with the imagery option under Base Maps. This will help in identifying approximate locations. Overall great job!

Bill said...

Nice readable maps.
Comments: 1. Multiple cameras onI-5 and 45th and 50th didn’t seem to work right. But multiple camera on I-90/Jefferson in Spokane working fine.
2. Nothing showing hover to but click is very fast. Not sure if video cameras are working in alpha.
3. No data on the I-5 and I-90 express lanes.
4. The weather is a nice feature. They should color code or icon-ize the grey temp square to give more sense of what is happening without the need for a click.
5. Different base maps is an interesting toggle. I imagine that they are trying to decide. Map is fast for all 3 choices
6. I assume that the other features from the existing site will be added.
7. Complete traffic picture from someone like INRIX would be great.

Anonymous said...

Nice effort. Others have mentioned things I noticed like mileposts, darkening the 'x' to close a popup, and the top portion of the popup (and the 'x') getting blocked.

Some other ideas.

Add a scroll bar for the map layers and views? Then I can move these options without changing the position of the map.

Show rest areas (I noticed some of these in the OpenStreetMap but only with a blue P. I saw nothing about a rest stop), truck scales, and bike trails.

Show variable message sign activations and messages.

Show variable speed limits.

Integrate with your twitter account to allow posting of disable vehicles and collisions.

Add the ability for users to receive travel alerts that are posted on the map via sms, twitter, or other social media.

Separate out the traffic flow for the HOV lanes.

Show bridge openings/closings. Hood Canal, SR520, and others.

Add a kmz file for a live feed into Goggle Earth.

RY said...

I work with DOTs all over the country and you guys are still the best in terms of traffic data quality and web interfaces to the data!
It would be great to "save" your zoom level and center point (via cookie) so that one can fine tune the view and then return to the same view of the page in the future. Removing the step of panning/zooming to your area of interest each time you use the site will remove a big hurdle and invite repetitive usage.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome - this is the traffic website we've been waiting for.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

@RY - if you look directly under the map you will see a link labeled "Map bookmark". This map has the ability to save your zoom level via bookmark.

@anonymous "nice effort" commenter - Rest areas and park and ride lots are definitely on the future list. We tried putting VMS signs on a site before but realized they repeat the same information we have on this site. Everything that is on twitter is on the icons on this map, it's the same with bridge/opening and closings, they are listed as alerts. We have an API for those who want to put this info on a Google or Bing map, just email me at bertraj@wsdot.wa.gov and I can send you the details. Did you know that most of these travel alerts are already available via email? click on the "email update" link on any page of the website (upper right) and you can subscribe to these alerts. Appreciate you taking the time to send such detailed feedback!

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the name (location) of the icons on mouse over. The current traffic and camera maps have this feature, but it doesn't appear to be available on this Alpha version. I really like the idea to include mile posts as well. That would often be very helpful - at least for those of us who think of the highways in those terms. This effort is looking very good. I love the "multiple weathers" feature.

Anonymous said...

I found that within my browser Map display (IE8)the Popup information was very nice and easy to read but I found some of the popups borders were not displayed and you were unable to click the X to close the popup. It would be nice if these popups only stayed withing the map display and you could scroll the information within..

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Quick response to mouse commands. I noticed it is similar to other internet mapping apps. So the AG lawyers are not going to have to defend us against copywrite infringment suits?

Anonymous said...

If you can add the road weather coloring used by North Dakota and Montana, and map symbols, you will have a winner.

Anonymous said...

your high impact alert on 520 for the husky game doesnt say which day

PS need to get all of more of the the state routes for delay onto it

Anonymous said...

Very cool! I really like it. Need a legend for the symbols inside the squares. Suggest eliminating the symbols inside the square because to my older eyeballs, they look like ink blobs.

Thank you for listening.

-theresa

Anonymous said...

Need to check the camera symbols in the Gig Harbor area, they are off quite a bit as for location.

I think once I get use to it, much easier and quicker to use than before.

Anonymous said...

On the previous map there was a color coded legend to denote the traffic conditions. This was very helpful since no cameras exist between Nisqually and Thorne lane. Unless there are plans to put in more cameras I think incorporating the legend would be a very good idea since it gives us an idea of how bad the JBLM traffic will be. Other than that I think the new map is fantastic.

Anonymous said...

If possible, it would be nice to make the zoom in/out buttons a bit bigger, they are really tiny! It would also be nice if the map scaled to fit the width of the browser window, rather than be constrained to a preset size.

Otherwise, it's great!

Jon said...

It doesn't show carpool lane data like your current maps do!

Evan said...

Does this use the same data as the current traffic flowmaps? I don't use the WSDOT app because it uses Google's traffic info which I've found to be less accurate than the current website.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

Thanks all for continuing to send your feedback in, its really appreciated.

Evan, yes this map uses our flowdata. We opted to use the Google traffic layers for the Android app and have also noticed that it isn't quite as accurate as our data is.

Anonymous said...

Great to have so many tools all in one spot. Obviously, it will be refined over time but for a beta/aplha version this is outstanding! And Time Eyman says that the government isn't good for anything...

Anonymous said...

Very nice Jeremy! The interface is intuitive and easy to use. I suggest just a few items:
*Make the pointer a Pan Hand icon.
*Make a legend for the tools and include ZoomIn/ZoomOut icons.
*Would it be possible to include Doplar weather?

Anonymous said...

I wanna be able to simple draw a box with my mouse to zoom into one area

Anonymous said...

I actually like when in state view if you click on a city with multiple cameras they load in a scrollable box. Makes it easier to check out whole cities in no time at all. Much easier to navigate not being stuck with only 3 levels of zoom too!!

Anonymous said...

The pass report for Snoqualmie Pass I-90 is always under the avalanch road alerts for snoqualmie, so if both are on you can not see it. It would help if the pass report symbols were larger.

I like it! Just suggestions to improve.

SL said...

I like it! Smooth, easy to view and find and understand! Nice work!

Anonymous said...

Generally pretty nice. Looks much nicer than the old site and the scrollable/zoomable map is very helpful.

A bit slow on initial load.

When I click on an icon the popup box frequently had the close button outside the frame so it was unreachable -requiring scrolling or zooming to find it - being able to click again on the icon to close it would be nice.

I hope this doesn't completely replace some of the pages on the old site - for instance having a page with the various cameras in an area accessible as a group is nice - makes it easier to look at winter travel conditions locally and see how things are stacking up.

Anonymous said...

Very smooth interface and quick reloads make this map very easy to navigate and toggle between different views, base maps, and other choices. I was a little confused about the options for getting ferry information. Clicking around on the different routes or destinations just seemed to redirect me to a different website. Perhaps this is the only option available, but I was hoping to be see real time ferry data such as wait times, any delays, or if there was adverse weather affecting the route. Otherwise, didn't have any problems! Great work!

Carlson said...

MUCH BETTER than the original. The zoom feature is very nice. Kudos.

Anonymous said...

feels like I need to click more to get data. Example Just wanted to see the pass cameras. I could not get to denny creek. I did not like the scrolling multi camera control. and could not find the weather info that is on the current pass site.

Not sure this will work on a mobile phone

Anonymous said...

Traffic flow lines representing highways is too small and narrow. Cant see very well and I have perfect eyesight.

Anonymous said...

I like it
using Firefox - The multi-camera box pops up- but also only within the map frame, so it goes beyond what we see - it has a slider, but that can go down past the frame where you can not get to it.

Ty said...

I like it, however, it definitely needs to have mobile capabilities. Also, where are the I-5 express lanes on the traffic flow map?

Anonymous said...

Like it. I like that you can pick what you want the map to show.
Gives more explanation of traffic conditions and it is easier to see where those conditions are.

Speed was pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Nice work! A couple of cameras that are out of place: In Portland I-405 there's actually a camera that's coming from Everett I-405. Also, south of Yakima, near Toppenish, there's a camera that's really coming from the junction of US 12 and SR 410.

Jimmy Brokaw said...

Overall I like it. It's fast, and I like being able to access traffic, pass conditions, and construction on one screen. I'd like to be able to follow links to more detailed information, such as a link to webcams of mountain passes when I pull up the pass conditions.

I'm using Firefox 3.6.12 on Vista, and sometimes clicking on an icon will place part of the box off the map. Since the boxes can't be moved or resized, that means sometimes I can't read all the information.

At the moment, I will continue to use the old site. Once some minor interface issues are fixed, and more information is directly accessible from this page, I would imagine this would be my primary means of getting information from the site.

Nick said...

Nice job so far!

I would love to see a tag when I hover over a button so i know if that is the location I want to click (i.e. vantage east camera)

I LOVE the multiple cam views with one click!

I dont like having to move the map everytime I click an object to fit it to view, an auto option would be nice for this.

Links (on the map) showing radio messages, realtime messages on the veriable messages boards, highlights of the highways and of course links to the I-90, I-5 and US 2 travel boards(please look in to extending the I-90 one to go cross state and not just ending in Ellensburg.

Color temps for the weather degrees and a layer for the road temps.

For the pass reports, perhaps multiple colors for different situations. Blue for no restrictions, yellow for advisories, red for requirements.

Thanks for giving us a oppourntunity to give feedback!

Jeremy Bertrand said...

Thanks again for another day of great feedback folks. We are taking copious notes.

Anonymous said...

It is much easier to find the camera's on the old system. They do not all show up, depending on zoom level. The travel alerts extend off screen and can't be moved so you can see it all. Also the alert icon covers some of the cameras. I like the look, but the function could be improved.

Anonymous said...

54th Ave E camera in Fife appears to be missing.

Anonymous said...

I like it, was nice to scroll through several camera positions without having to click on each one. Will take getting use to, but so far I think its great.

Bunnee said...

I didn't look at everything, but the alerts are good, the traffic flow not so much. Hard to tell color. I'd like some explanation of traffic flow (volume, accident, construction) but perhaps that requires too much operator involvement.

Anonymous said...

When I open a camera view, ofttimes the close camera view "X" is hidden by the top of the box for the map view.
Otherwise this is good.

Anonymous said...

It is much easier to navigate and locate. I like having the 3 viewing options. I couldn't get the traffic flow option to work (17:55 18 NOV). Having multiple cameras linked to one icon was a little non-intuitive, especially when surface street and freeway information is in the same multiple window box. Overall the change to the map format will be a true improvement.

Anonymous said...

Looks great.
I think the default terrain map should look more like Google Map Terrain view, but that's just an opinion. Or the option to choose between different styles of maps I guess.

Anonymous said...

In the "map layers" section, you should have TWITTER posts that are location enabled to appear, so when a WSDOT updates twitter, the location is shown as well.

Anonymous said...

I like seeing the construction alerts.

However, the old traffic flow map was much easier to quickly understand. It was zoomed to exactly the level I need (520,405,I90), and it was very very easy to see at a glance where the problems were. It will be a pain to have to zoom the map and move it around to get that view. I reccomend starting with that zoom and location for the Seattle area map. Also, make the freeways much bigger and make the red/green/blue colors stand out more

Anonymous said...

pretty nice, love it. weather station 35 however is not in the correct place. It's quite a few miles away from Knapps Tunnel.

Anonymous said...

Need to have some focus on Highway 20 and the small guys like us out here in Concrete! This is a very busy highway and there was nothing on the map regarding the highway.

Anonymous said...

Several cameras in the Tacoma area appear to be missing. I can't find Yakima Ave, Tacoma Dome, 54th Ave, 56th St. I can only find one of the SR 16 views. 375th and Enchanted Parkway in King co. don't show.

I like the new look, but the old system was easier to find cameras and see traffic flow. It also tells you what camera it is when you hover the mouse on it.

The zoom in out is a little jerky and hard to control level of zoom. It would be nice to have the camera open when you hover the mouse over the icon and close when you take the mouse off. I don't like the grouped camera's.

Jeremy Bertrand said...

We knew there were some cameras missing. We have over 600 of them online now and were bound to miss one or two. Thanks for pointing out which ones are missing.

Anonymous said...

Great new site, map! Can see real time traffic flow Olympia to Everett. Your "95% Reliable Travel Times" commute calculator is also awesome, but add more cities, please! We are all in gridlock and need to be able to calculate ETAs.

Anonymous said...

Can't see the cameras through Lakewood. Also miss the black, red, green for traffic density.

Mihir said...

nice. instead of having to click the 'X' to close the camera pop-up, i'd rather just be able to click outside of the pop-up window and have it close.

dimpels73@gmail.com said...

This is awesome. Thanks for all the great work: I could use this easily with my iPad. Any chance for a feature where I can type in my route and time travel starts and it tells me where construction or closures are expected? For example the night before I travel to SeaTac from Olympia to catch a flight at 6am.... This way I get some idea of a reasonable time to Leave given what is known at that point in time.... I am willing to click in a box to confirm that conditions may change....

Nick said...

The camera for T.J. Meenach bridge is not in the right place. It is currently in Medical Lake and needs to be relocated to its proper location.

Also, can you put timestamps for the alerts so we know when these conditions were reported?

JefLux said...

I wish I could simply point to an icon and the information/camera would pop up. Or, when you click on a info box, you could simply click on the map again to close the info box instead of having to go to the little "X" in the popup window.

Luke said...

I liked the ability to get the pass conditions and camera in the same view using the old system. Now when I click on the Pass Conditions and Camera layers the icons are on top of each other, i.e. White and Blewett passes, and make it hard to click on the one I want. Consider having both show up in one window like the old system if a person has clicked on both the pass conditions and camera layer.

Larry said...

I use your maps a great deal and I find this version very easy to navigate. I like the look and feel and the addition of the layers is good.

happychickens said...

LOVE IT! Was thinking a legend would be nice, but then clicked on the alerts and each one gave detailed info. Love the cameras in so many locations. We are leaving from Ellensburg for Morton today over White Pass and the map info is so handy! Will definitely be coming back to use this map again and again. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I like this new website very much.

Anonymous said...

You need a big title on the WA DOT web page. It's GREAT, better then Oregon's. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Some of the font is terribly small and the font color does not have a good contrast with the background, text looks gray...makes reading difficult.

Anonymous said...

The zoom is super sensitive. It took me a few minutes to figure out the legend in the top left corner to add camera's and traffic flow, it would be nice to have that as a default

HM said...

Today the traffic flow doesn't seem to be working so well- when you zoom in, the colored lines remain thick instead of resizing. Also, the traffic camera in Portland is title 'I-405 at Everett'

Anonymous said...

No traffic info available with box checked or unchecked.

Anonymous said...

It might be nice to have some way to graphically indicate on the camera icon (or maybe in the camera view when it pops up - which would work much better for the multiple camera locations) which way the camera is pointing.

I know there are lots of weather stations around as well - this might be (with appropriate disclaimers as to accuracy) a good thing to add as a map layer.

The T.J. Menach bridge is not in Medical Lake.

Anonymous said...

I spent 6.5 hours on WSDOT roads last night only to be forced to turn around and head back to work and spend the night there. Paula Hammond does the worst job of preparing for winter storms. This is the second time in three years. Fire her now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Travel alerts - we noticed some alerts include updates listing the resources that have arrived on scene. After the 11/22 mess we realize that it would be helpful for alerts to list more progress points, such as what resources were dispatched and when, estimated time of arrival on scene, arrival time, what actions are in progress, estimates of time to clear incidents, and finally the time when lanes are reopened. Lack of this information added to the frustration for folks stuck on I-5 for 6 hours last night.

John said...

Works well, easy, intuitive. Would be nice to extend coverage to Snoqualmie and North Bend area as traffic and conditions can be a major issue in cold weather

Anonymous said...

I think it looks great! Very nice upgrade. I really like the interactive capabilities, a very nice touch. At the same time, you didn’t overdo it, which is also a plus. Way to keep it simple, yet comprehensive.

Anonymous said...

Looks good so far for an alpha development release. I like the imagery layer to see satellite imagery. This site is good, but not as good as the State of Colorado's. See http://www.cotrip.org/ - I'm not sure if I'm too fond of the main page on there, but if you explore around they have some pretty good pages (like their traffic camera page and stuff). That site could be organized a little bit better, but it's strengths are that its aesthetically pleasing and utilizes visual hierarchy so it's easy to know where to click to find certain information. One of the things I like best about their site is how the traveler alerts are summarized in a table off to the right of the page - it'd be nice to bring that to the new WSDOT traveler page.

Lastly, you should probably verify the location of all the traffic cameras on the map with respect to where they are in real life...every camera in Spokane is in the wrong location on the map...by like a 1/2 mile or more!

Anonymous said...

Great! Should go live with it a replace the system in use now. How no trouble finding tradffic throughout the state

H.A. said...

Very Nice! Loads, quickly. Clear, Crisp display. Very helpful.

I know some of my comments are repeats.
I didn't read all the messages.

When you click on an icon for information, sometimes the box would open up partially outside the map view so you would have to pan the view around to get see the lower part of the box or to find the X to close the box. Is it possible to have the box try to open up fully within the map view ?

Please make the arrows larger above and below the bar for zooming in and out

In the state view you have Lakewood north of Everett but I thought Lakewood was south of Tacoma.

Under the title Alpha Traveler Information would you consider putting in small text something like: "To move around, click and drag the map to put your location in the center"

With the alerts, when the alert concerns a length of road, would it be possible to highlight that stretch of road?

Anonymous said...

I've left this new page open for a while and the images from various cameras have not updated. It is almost 7pm (28 nov) and the images on one of the Snoqualmie pass cams were dated 9:20 am.

Ladd Bjorneby said...

This works well with my iPad.

Austen said...

very cool. maybe add more weather sites, especially from the peninsula. also, take out the rest of the world. it will confuse people. i am sure there is a way to do, it knowing esri.

also a trip planer ala Google Maps and the King County metro one would be nice.

Anonymous said...

Overall, the site is a good presentation of transportation information. It would be nice if you can add Canadian border wait times. Another useful layer to include is the weather radar to show where the precipitation is occurring as well as the precipitation type. It would also be nice for you to include the local jurisdiction's traffic and cameras, e.g. Seattle, Bellevue.

Anonymous said...

Overall I'm impressed. It's snappy. Things I would like to see: add another way for the zoom function work by allowing the user to draw a rectangle of an area of interest and the zoom redraws to that rectangle. Lastly allow a user to set preference for items displayed (ferry, cameras, flow, etc) and have the app remember those settings. For instance when I look at the DOT site I am most often looking at traffic flow. I wouldn't want to have to select that every time.

Anonymous said...

I like seeing the entire Puget Sound traffic view at once.

One suggestion: please make the colored roads wider. It is a little hard to see the color differences at the current stroke width, especially with the faraway view, and I don't see what you lose by making them wider.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Looks great and I like it. One thing I don't see so far is the "Cross State Travel Routes" that your existing site has. I love seeing the hwy profile and where to expect the icy roads or snowfall. I hope this feature is included.

All layers loaded fast without problems using my Mac Mini. Great job!

During the recent storm, we used my 3G iPad while driving around and we could find alternate routes in attempts to avoid problem areas.

With 3G/4G technology increasing in drivers/passengers, having the Transportation Departments being prompt in updating information means win-win for many and if congestion improves then everyone wins.

Anonymous said...

Why would I use this, when Google Maps can do the same thing much better, faster, and more intuitively?

Anonymous said...

like to see custom opening view, not statewide, resizable window. Nice.

Anonymous said...

Looks potentially very useful, thank you.

One "usability" comment: I often look up traffic information on a mobile device, when I am on the move, and using this on my android phone is very hard -- the controls are too small for touch, and navigating the map itself is too hard.

If you could make this easy to use on mobile -- which of hoe many people will try to use it, I would imagine, that would be great.

Anonymous said...

On first view, I like it very much.

Some commenters have already mentioned these items, but I'll repeat the ones that are important to me:

1) Need to make sure the camera view boxes fall within the viewable map so the "close" x is accessible. I found a couple of work-arounds but better to make them easy to close.

2) I miss the flyover notes on the cameras that let you make sure you're getting the one you want.

3) Also would like the "draw a box" option for choosing the area you want to zoom to. The zoom control makes awfully large adjustments and I haven't figured out how to control where the center of the zoomed area will be. Particularly hard for anyone not real familiar with the state.

4) Haven't checked too many cameras, but the icon for the I-90 West Lake Sammamish one is in the wrong spot. It's about 1 mile west and 1/2 mile south of actual location.

5) I like the milepost option suggested by several commenters.

I am looking at the site using IE8 on an HP laptop, with Comcast as the ISP and an upgraded speed. Tomorrow we'll be on the road using Sprint broadband card. I'll look at it again to see how things look and work with a slower connection.

Good job! I like it.

C said...

Looking good. Couple ideas:
1) When double clicking to zoom, it would be nice if it would also autocenter on the click.
2) After opening a camera or weather icon or what ever, it would be nice if it would close if zingle clicked outside of the dialog box (rather than having to hit the x).
3)Perhaps, where there are multiple cameras, you could (on mouseover) put spokes out for each camera similar to what google earth does for pictures).
4) Add links to Oregon DOT or Portland cams.
5) Can you add the king and snohomish county cams to the site?

Anonymous said...

Nice and easy to use.

Problem: On the zoomed out map "Lakewood" is showing above Seattle.

Anonymous said...

On Blewett Pass, the mountain icon is right on top of the camera icon. The only way to click on the camera is to zoom WAY in.
Otherwise, very cool. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

"I wanna be able to simple draw a box with my mouse to zoom into one area"

You can do this if you hold down the shift key while dragging. This is standard for OpenStreetMap (OpenLayers?) maps, and I think it might be standard for ESRI maps now.

Anonymous said...

The Traffic Flow layer has odd discrepancies with the non-Alpha map. For example, it's missing I-5 in Bellingham and SR-202 east of Redmond, but it has more of SR-9 and SR-522 north of Maltby.

Is Webflow dead? There were no map updates in 2009, and a semi-botched Tacoma map (with teasing camera locations) earlier this year, and today I-405 in Tukwila and southern Bellevue is gone. But somehow they're present on the nearly-identical web pages.

Anonymous said...

Really great. But on many of the towns in Eastern Washington -- Ritzville, Walla Walla, and a few others -- when you have both the travel alerts and camera layers they appear on top of each other so you can only get one and not the other.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a Radar layer. Makes it easier to see where precipitation might be impacting traffic and road conditions.

Anonymous said...

I think that this is a great idea and could be a awesome tool. My only comment would be to have the alert come up when you hover over the icon. Sometimes when the balloon pops up it's hard to close.

Anonymous said...

Need a legend for any symbols shown on the map. Also I am unable to close some of the popup boxes because the close x is outside the viewing area. It would be nice to have the popups occur with just a mouse over instead of having to click.

Anonymous said...

I like the ability to recenter the map easily and to zoom in or out. But the lines on the roads that indicate the volume of traffic are so slender that it's hard to distinguish the colors and determine whether traffic is stopped (black) or merely slow (red).

Chris said...

Wondering why the camera image from HWY 112/113 junction in Clallam county hasn't been added to the major DOT websites. It's up and available on scanweb

Anonymous said...

Alert information should be divided into two categories, "traffic alerts" for (ongoing incidents/collisions), and construction events (those preplanned events) Camera "locations" should be identified to the viewer while simply mousing over, instead of having to click on the icon to see the image and location. That would allow the viewer to know what they will be looking at before they click on the icon.

Anonymous said...

The lines for the roads/freeway need to be thicker so you can more easily see what color they are. There is no legend for the colors either.

Anonymous said...

For a mother of college students spread over the state, this site is so helpful!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for moving Lakewood well north of Seattle. It was getting way too close to us in the south sound.

jj1 said...

I like but the SRs should be shown to avoid symbols without roads.

jj1 said...

Also, when compared to normal map, not all alerts appear to be there.

jj1 said...

Open Street Map should be the default map. It presents the information missing in the default map.

Anonymous said...

If the photos on the maps are supposed to be real time, your satellite uplink is really slow. Eastern Washington University has not had a green or grass colored football field for TWO years.

It does not inspire any hope that I can get reliable information when the latest blog commentaries I see are from last November, either.

Anonymous said...

yes the new lay out is nice but you drop off the all the diffrent city cams you need to put them back.

Brian E. Conklin said...

Very cool and very useful!

One thing I noticed. There is a camera linked in Portland, OR and labeled I-405 Everett.