New traffic cameras activated on Hwy 14 west of Rochester
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Four new traffic cameras have been installed on Highway 14 west of Rochester, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The cameras show video on 511mn.org of traffic conditions on Highway 14 and give MnDOT a tool for addressing future transportation needs. The additional cameras are between Bryon and Rochester at 10th Avenue, Olmsted County roads 3 and 44 and east of 7th Street. There are more than 120 cameras on state highways in southeast Minnesota.
“We think the cameras provide users with a greater understanding of what’s happening on their roads,” said Michael Schweyen, district traffic engineer for MnDOT District 6 based in Rochester. “The fiber optic network that MnDOT has invested in will provide fast and reliable data, such as video, in order for motorists and trip planners to be more fully informed and to have a safer trip. Providing real time information can be helpful as people assess travel conditions such as in the winter or with other weather events.”
The cameras were part of a $621,333 project to install fiber optic cable to connect with cameras and digital message signs. The work was completed earlier this summer.
The camera footage can be utilized by people who view MnDOT’s traffic and road conditions map at 511mn.org or the free mobile app. The cameras are also used by dispatchers and traffic management during traffic crashes to assist public safety and first responders. The cameras are also among a set of tools that MnDOT can use to analyze traffic patterns for future projects or if there are traffic concerns to be reviewed.
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