IDOT Camera Surveillance Project

IDOT Camera Project

By WEEK Reporter
By Denise Jackson

October 6, 2010 Updated Oct 6, 2010 at 9:47 PM CDT

If you travel Eastbound on Interstate-74 through Peoria this week...you're getting a second dose of surviving the drive.
Drivers are getting caught in traffic delays on the Murray Baker Bridge as it's undergoing inspections.

Another project on the same bridge next week might have you looking for an alternative route to travel.
The Illinois Transportation Department's District Four Communications center will get more of a bird's eye view from the Murray Baker Bridge soon. Starting Monday crews will begin a three week project to install fiber optic lines for three surveillance cameras that will go up. This will cause more lane closures this time on the Westbound side..

"When an incident happens on the Murray Baker Bridge we get lots of backups, cause its down to only two lanes and no shoulders. That's information that has to get to the police to IDOT. We like to get the message out via the changeable message sign and other ways so the public knows that they can choose an alternate route," said IDOT worker Randy Laninga.

The camera project coincides with resurfacing on Washington Street which has also caused a lane closure on the Cedar Street Bridge.

"Right now we're working in the two center lanes, so the two outside lanes are the lanes that are open. We're doing work in both middle lanes as we go down. We don't close the road completely down. We deal with it," said United Contractors Midwest worker Erik Young.

IDOT says eventually 6 more surveillance cameras will go up around the metropolitan area.
Right now there are about 30 surveillance cameras installed around the Peoria area and they are monitored 24 hours a day.

"Having the ability to to get out there faster whether it's to bring emergency services out or for us to help with traffic flow, we think it's a good thing," said IDOT spokesman Brian Williamsen.

It's a good thing that will provide future valuable public service despite some travel inconveniences now.

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