VDOT using video cameras to monitor traffic

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Although there wasn't a lot of weather to contend with today, it was still a problem for drivers, particularly this morning. By early afternoon, traffic was moving pretty well, many of the major roads were already sanded before the weather even set-in.

Inside this small room, traffic masterminds monitor flat-screens-- a bird's eye view of our major roads.

"They are the ones that are feeding the information to the public," said VDOT spokeswoman Dawn Eischen.

With help from video, today VDOT employees guided police to several accidents.

The system is always on and employees can look through 29 different videos. If they spot an accident they first notify police and if they need to alert drivers, they can send an electronic message within 30 seconds.

The alert will flash on messages boards along interstates and it will also appear on VDOT's 511 website.

"Truckers use, rely on 511 to know if they are going to be able to make it through their route," Eischen said.

Accidents, weather and road conditions are just a few clicks away.

"By having that at their fingertips it really makes it much easier for them to get around," said Eischen.

Earlier today water froze before it could it the ground. Tonight slick spots are expected to freeze. The salt-sand mix can only cover roads when it's not raining.

Tonight, VDOT wants you to put its technology to work, so you can steer clear of trouble tomorrow morning.

During winter storms VDOT uses another piece of technology -- sensors inserted into roads and bridges. Those sensors track the temperature of the road and can tell if they've frozen over. VDOT is using all the tools it has tonight. 

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