RALEIGH - Service to several N.C. Department of Transportation traffic cameras and overhead message boards in Winton-Salem will be disrupted on Tuesday, Jan. 14, as crews perform routine testing on the Triad's traffic camera network. This network helps motorists save time and money by allowing them to use the real-time images to make smart decisions to avoid any traffic trouble spots. Feeds from various traffic cameras along I-40 and U.S. 52 in Winston-Salem will be unavailable for several hours while crews perform tests on 144 fiber lines.
The testing will begin at approximately 9 a.m. and is expected to be completed by noon. No images from the cameras will be available during this time, and the truck rollover system recently installed at I-40 and U.S. 52 will also be interrupted. Through NCDOT's Traveler Information Management System, the 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.