The purpose of this page is to provide information helpful to truckers. I'll be adding to it from time to time and if there's something you'd like to see included, something you've been having difficulty finding youself, maybe, let me know by visiting the contact page. First on the list...
The ability to obtain real-time images from remote locations via roadcams and weathercams is one of the coolest features of the Internet. What follows is a list of web sites offering real-time web cams or videos. I'll add to this list as time goes by and, if you find a link that doesn't work (for some reason these pages seem to move around a lot), I'd appreciate it if you'd visit the contact page and let me know.
By the way; this list isn't in alphabetical order, rather, the roadcams are broken down into regions. On this first page, for example, you find links to roadcams for the seven western states.
Washington State operates a wide network of road cams that can be used to check both traffic and road conditions and links to these web cams can be found on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) web site. Besides the road cams, however, the WSDOT site also offers more detailed current highway and weather conditions. Included on the site are the following:
I used to have a little utility installed on my laptop called the Desktop Sidebar; one of its features was a slide show that could be programmed to pull webcam images off various sites. With this feature I could see the real-time road conditions, for example, on the Santiam Pass and Willamette Pass in the Oregon Cascades. Of course, with the advent of Windows 10 that all went away but the Oregon Department of Transportation offers a multitude of road cam choices on their TripCheck web site along with one really cool feature which is the option to create custom cam pages that can be named and saved on the site. Every time you visit their site, after setting up and saving at least one custom web cam page, you'll have the option of going directly to that page.
The state of California has one of the most extensive road cam networks in the country. Of particular interest to most truck drivers, especially in the winter, are the video cameras found in District 2 and District 3. Caltrans also offers a District 3 cell phone optimized page. A complete list of Live Streaming Video Cams is also included on the Caltrans web site.
Other important and useful bits of info that can be found on the Caltrans web site include the California Quick Map, which offers options to view chain controls, cameras and slowed traffic. They also offer a Truck Lengths and routes guide.
The Traveler Services department, located within the pages of the Idaho Transportation Department web site, offers information relevant to truckers that goes beyond their highway web cams. On the site you'll also find a Trucker's Info Map with tons of useful information.
Nevada has joined the 511 Travel Info network and now offers a road condition map. This map can be accessed from the Nevada DOT Traveler Information page which also includes a link to a Weather Condition page and side links to Trucker Services as well as links to road conditions in neighboring states. Additionally, Nevada is now offering traffic cams in the Reno and Las Vegas areas.
Utah employs more than 200 closed-circuit streaming video cameras to monitor portions of the Utah state highway system. According to their web site: "The cameras are spaced approximately every half mile on I-15, I-215, I-80, and the 2100 South Freeway. In addition, cameras are installed at various locations on US-89, US-6, I-84, and Bangerter Highway, as well as at key intersections on surface streets. Camera coverage is also expanding in the Ogden and Provo area
By visiting the Utah Commuter Link page a wealth of information, including cameras, construction, incidents and current weather, is readily and easily accessible. Unfortunately, even though there are a multitude of cameras, the mountain passes seem to have been left out of the mix. Hopefully, Utah will continue to expand their closed-circuit video capabilities and include cameras in the areas most susceptible to adverse weather.
While the Arizona Department of Transportation makes use of web cams, the ADOT camera locations are restricted to Phoenix and Tucson. There is, however, a lot of useful, current, information available on the ADOT 511 web site that can prepare truckers and travelers for a safe journey in and through the Grand Canyon State.