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.