Hampton Roads Traffic Cameras


FAQs

Q. Where are VDOT traffic cameras located and how many are there? 

A. There are 196 cameras in Hampton Roads mainly located along portions of I-64, I-264, I-664 and all of I-564.  They can be viewed on this map.

Q. Who operates the cameras?

A. VDOT's Hampton Roads Traffic Operations Center operates and maintains all of the cameras.  The center also provides the still camera images that update every 40-50 seconds.  We partner with HamptonRoads.comwavy.comwvec.com, and wtkr.com to broadcast the traffic camera images.

Q. I am having trouble viewing the cameras while my friends are not.  What am I doing wrong?

A. Sometimes unclear images can be due to your screen size.  For best viewing results, be sure your computer display is set to 1024 x 768 pixels.

Q. Why are cameras sometimes not working for days at a time?

A. Hampton Roads cameras are monitored twice daily; in the morning (about 8 A.M.) and after lunch (between 1 and 3 P.M.). All Internet service provider sites are checked including all bridge tunnel cameras and randomly selected cameras along each quadrant of area interstate coverage. These reports are sent to the Traffic Operations Center maintenance and IT managers.  If cameras are not working properly, maintenance technicians will act on them as a high priority.  Sometimes inclement weather, power problems, and hardware replacement require additional time, materials, and equipment.

Q. What if the cameras I depend on are not working?

A. VDOT makes real-time traffic information available to motorists using a diverse range of communication methods. Other communication sources for traffic information include:

  • VDOT's road conditions map
  • 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
  • Highway Advisory Radio 610 AM
  • Overhead electronic message signs
  • 511Virginia

Q. How can I tell which direction the cameras are pointing?

A. The cameras were placed along the interstate for traffic management purposes.  The labeling of the cameras was intended for internal use.  Now that the camera images are popular among motorists, we are able to make a few changes to help identify which way you are looking.

The newest cameras indicate directional view. Some of the older cameras cannot be programmed the same as the newer ones. On the new cameras for example, "East of Lynnhaven" identifies the physical camera location --  not its directional view.  If it is pointed westbound, the camera will indicate "WB" in the upper left corner of the image.

These cameras are a very important piece of a complex puzzle.  Although you may not be able to immediately identify certain roadway segments, you may be able to identify roadway features. (ie. during afternoon rush hour, you can tell which direction traffic is moving on cameras off of I-64 by looking at the flow of traffic in the reversible HOV system.)

Q. Are there any plans for additional cameras?

A. Yes. The final 170 cameras will be added along I-64 from I-664 to Williamsburg, I-664 from the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel to the High Rise Bridge and all of I-464.  These installations should be complete by December, 2008. 

Q. Why do I have to put up with advertising while viewing traffic cameras?

A. Through partnerships with Internet Service Providers, traffic camera viewing is available for citizens at no cost. The Internet Service Providers get their revenue from advertising.

Q. Who do I contact for more information?

A. Contact VDOT 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).
 

Page last modified: Feb. 1, 2013