You know how it is around here - there always seems to be some sort of traffic. Whether the 520 Bridge is being updated, or the Mercer Street project is taking up another weekend. Which makes the Department of Transportation's plethora of resources so helpful. WSDOT has their website meant to alleviate traffic woes - or at least keep you up-do-date on the latest happenings. The main traffic site - - provides the links to statewide transportation. You can check out the ferries, border crossings and even pass conditions.

My favorite part of the site, however, is the traffic cameras. By clicking the links to Seattle area traffic, you can see how heavy traffic is all over Seattle, and for those of us used to fighting a commute one way or the other that knowledge is very valuable. You can also check out travel times from major destinations around the sound so you can plan your trip. I know there have been times when I have tickets to the 5th Avenue, and looking at how heavy traffic is and what the travel times are have helped me get there.

Of course, if you are a social media fan, you can find the WSDOT on Twitter at @wsdot_traffic for Puget Sound traffic news. Sometimes being in the loop on the traffic in the area can be the difference between a stressful drive and one where you know what's ahead of you.