Motorists in the
Triad area will soon have access to 76 new traffic cameras as an N.C. Department of Transportation
project to upgrade the
region's traffic camera network nears completion. By the end of next week, a
total of 168 traffic cameras will help drivers save time and money by allowing
them to use the real-time images to make smart decisions to avoid any traffic
Through NCDOT's Traveler Information
Management System, a strategic traffic camera network offers a live
look at how traffic is flowing in various locations across the state, and
provides motorists with an easy way to "know before you go" about congestion,
accidents or construction-related traffic pattern changes.
NCDOT also uses the cameras to make travel safer by instantly dispatching
response teams when accidents happen, cars break down in the roadway or debris
blocks a lane of traffic. NCDOT's Incident Management Assistance Patrols, as well
as law enforcement officers, work together to handle these situations and
efficiently get vehicles moving again.
As NCDOT's network of traffic cameras grows to include additional camera
locations in the Triad, a video switch must be upgraded to accommodate the new
camera feeds. This will require all Triad
traffic cameras to be taken offline on Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct. 3. No
images from the cameras will be available during this time.
Once the video switch is upgraded, the cameras will come back online and
images will gradually return. Images from all 168 cameras are expected to be
available on TIMS and to the media no later than Friday, Oct. 11.
The cost of implementing the new traffic cameras was included in the contracts
of several other NCDOT projects in the Triad. The recently completed U.S 52 Improvement Project in Winston-Salem
restored 16 cameras that were taken offline when that project began, and added 28
new cameras in Winston-Salem. In Greensboro, a project to upgrade the city's computerized
signal system included the installation of 32 new traffic cameras.
The video switch upgrade will also allow 53 additional cameras to be
added to the network in the future, without requiring an interruption in
service. These cameras are expected to be set up in several major work zones in
the Winston-Salem area, including the Macy Grove Road Improvement Project, the Union Cross Road Widening Project, and the Salem Creek Connector
For real-time travel information during the traffic camera network
upgrade or at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel
or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.
Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.
To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then,
bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the
iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.
For more information on the traffic camera upgrade project, contact NCDOT
Triad Regional Transportation Management Center Operations Engineer Michael
Venable at (336) 315-7080.