IDOT Unveils New Traffic Website

By Mark Bullion

December 20, 2011 Updated Dec 20, 2011 at 10:33 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill-- A new web site launched by the Illinois Department of Transportation and other agencies is allowing you to get a birds eye view of area roadways.

The website www.gettingaroundpeoria.com allows motorists to check over 40 cameras in the Peoria metro area.
 
The cameras capture a still picture once every three minutes, allowing you to monitor traffic, construction, roadway speeds, and even pavement conditions.
 
IDOT Traffic Engineer Randy Laninga said the project has been one long project in the making.
 
"We felt this was a good time also just before Winter hits to get that additional information for the public before they head out on the road," said Laninga.
 
"So it is necessary that we have smarter highways and the way you do that is you have an Intelligent Transportation System or ITS and Peoria is one of the fortunate areas in the state that has an ITS system in place," said Joseph Crowe, IDOT Deputy Director of Highways.
 
The website also displays data from five message boards across Central Illinois, alerting drivers of potential roadway problems.
 
It also includes links to other cameras for those traveling north to Chicago or southwest to St. Louis.