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More details on new traffic cameras

Written February 14th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The new array of traffic cameras and sensors at Spring Hill Drive and Highway 20.

There’s more to the new traffic cameras ODOT has installed on Spring Hill Drive at Highway 20 in North Albany. I learned this today from Angela Beers-Seydel, ODOT’s  public information officer for this area.

As reported  here last Friday, the three cameras will be part of the TripCheck system that keeps track of road conditions in more than 300 locations throughout Oregon and northern California.

The new setup in North Albany should be connected and and visible on the online system in about two weeks, Beers-Seydel told me.

When that takes place, traffic is not the only thing the cameras will note. The equipment also yields information about temperature, wind speed and humidity.

“We’ll also get the surface temperature of the road to help decide what needs to be done to prepare for or respond to road conditions,” Beers-Seydel wrote in an email. “Our dispatchers and maintenance crews can move cameras around if they need to see something nearby.”

But don’t expect help with information on accidents, if any.

Beers-Seydel: “We get a lot of requests for video from people involved in crashes, but images are not recorded so aren’t available.”

The cameras at this junction were requested by ODOT maintenance and took a while to install. The pole and much of the wiring were put in about a year ago, but completion of the job was slowed by Covid and delays in getting supplies. (hh)

One response to “More details on new traffic cameras”

  1. Carol Gascoigne says:

    How about checking speeders. Some folks go really fast through there, no doubt contributing to accidents


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