Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Oct. 29, 2009
16 NEW TRAFFIC CAMERAS ONLINE ACROSS CENTRAL VA.
Real-time video aids VDOT in traffic management, emergency response
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation recently added 16 traffic cameras to its network in Central Virginia. The cameras cover the interchanges on Interstate 64 from Crozet to Zion Crossroads and high-volume intersections on Routes 29 and 250 in Albemarle, Greene and Louisa counties. The cameras are monitored around the clock by VDOT’s regional Traffic Operations Center in Staunton. The operators there use the cameras to manage traffic flow, monitor weather conditions and assist responders to crashes and other emergency incidents on the region’s interstate and primary highways.
VDOT’s traffic cameras, including the new Central Virginia cameras, are also available to the public through VDOT’s 511 traffic information Web site, www.511Virginia.org. That site can be customized by users to provide real-time video from cameras located along their routes of travel. The cameras, along with traffic and weather information from VDOT’s 511 system, can help travelers to make informed decisions about their travel options based on conditions at the time.
The video from VDOT’s traffic cameras is not recorded and is not used for enforcement of speed limits or other traffic laws. The cameras also have a feature called “Zone Blocking” that allows them to be programmed to block areas within the camera’s range, such as private residences, that do not need to be seen by the TOC operators or the public. The traffic cameras are controlled by the operators at the Traffic Operations Center in Staunton and the direction and field of view can only be changed by those operators.
The new traffic cameras were installed along Interstate 64 and at locations on Route 29 and Route 250 within VDOT’s existing right of way. Those cameras expand the regional network that already included cameras on I-64 that monitor both sides of Afton Mountain.
The locations for the new cameras were determined using information and recommendations from VDOT’s residency and regional operations staff as well as the Federal Highway Administration, Virginia State Police, county law enforcement and county governments. The project cost $1,035,177, which included the cost of extending utility service to the camera sites. Both state and federal funds were used for the project.
Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia’s next traffic fatality, visit www.safeVAhighways.org.
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