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Cameras help ease Wilmington traffic

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Waiting for a traffic light to turn green can be frustrating. The City of Wilmington is out to make your commute much easier.

In a joint project with the state Department of Transportation, the city has installed 30 cameras at major intersections in Wilmington. Engineers can operate the cameras in a control room to manage traffic flow on overcrowded roads. The new system will allow better timing and coordination of traffic signals.

"For example, during the construction of Independence Blvd., we've used the cameras to notice that lanes were shut down in real time, made adjustments to the traffic signals to try to reallocate that green and reduce delay for the motorists," city traffic engineer Don Bennett said. "We've seen motor vehicle accidents where multiple lanes are blocked, and we will either retime that individual signal, or if we notice people are detouring around the incident to other signals, we can make adjustments to those."

The project has been in the works for the past seven years and cost $8 million. You check the cameras online before you hit the road.

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Heard this before

I think we all have heard this before. It started years ago when the new computer system was going to help with traffic flow.

and whose operating these cameras??

the same engineers who drive in wilmington which is known as the worst county in the state for driving records..thats real great!!!

Cameras installed but yet we are millions of dollars in the red?

Why????? Cameras??? can we put money where its needed..this is not going to ease traffic congestion..how about build some roads, a beltway..something but cameras aint going to get the job done..can we concentrate on keeping teachers jobs, not raise property taxes..fixing CFPUA issues,and keeping our libraries open..cameras..who came up with that bright idea in this economic crisis..