Sandy Myers (540) 332-9201
Dec. 12, 2007
FOUR NEW I-81 CAMERAS NOW AVAILABLE ON WEB
• mile marker 180, near exit 180 at Route 11 and Natural Bridge
• mile marker 186 , two miles south of exit 188 at Route 60 near Lexington
• mile marker 188.7, north of exit 188
• mile marker 191.1 north, north of exit 191 at the I-81/I-64 junction.
There are now 50 cameras in the VDOT Northwest Regional Operations service area that includes all of VDOT’s Staunton District plus Greene, Albemarle, Fluvanna and Louisa counties in its Culpeper District. These cameras cover portions of Interstates 64, 66 and 81.
VDOT traffic cameras can be viewed at www.VirginiaDOT.org, www.511Virginia.org and www.trafficland.com.
Dean Gustafson, VDOT’s Northwest regional operations director, said, “In addition to having the camera images available publicly on the Web, these images are instrumental to the work of the VDOT Traffic Management Centers.” He adds, “These locations help the center’s operators monitor areas around exits 180, 188 and 191.”
VDOT’s Traffic Management Centers’ (TMC) operators use cameras to enhance emergency response efforts, dispatch safety service patrols in areas where they are available and provide real-time information through 511 and variable message boards. Gustafson said, “The investment in these cameras is an investment VDOT’s efforts to ‘Keep Virginia Moving’ through quicker incident clearance and congestion mitigation.”
The four cameras were installed by Digital Traffic Systems for $42,270.40 under VDOT’s Staunton District camera contract and the statewide video distribution contract with TrafficLand.com. State maintenance funds covered their cost. These cameras replaced ones previously installed during construction of the Maury River Bridge and Buffalo Creek Bridge, but whose images were unavailable on the Web due to connectivity issues.
VDOT monitors traffic through these cameras at the Staunton Traffic Management Center within the Staunton district headquarters complex. The TMC operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and houses the local offices of the Virginia State Police. There are five VDOT TMC facilities in Virginia. In addition to Staunton, they are in the Northern Virginia, Richmond, Hampton Roads and Salem areas.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA [(866) 695-1182] (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.
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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