North Carolina DOT adding cameras to Durham Freeway

| 2/21/2006

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation will soon be adding cameras to their arsenal of monitoring devices on the Durham Freeway, but for once, they won’t be used to trap speeders.

Within the next two months, the state’s DOT will be adding five closed-circuit cameras to the roadway’s northbound lanes to help spot potential traffic backups and crash sites before they become problems, The Durham Herald-Sun reported.

The cameras are part of a larger $1.2 million project aimed at increasing safety and reducing traffic jams on the busy interstate, according to The Herald-Sun. Electronic billboards, fiber-optic networking and a new telephone system will all be used to watch for potential problems.