Traffic camera system to soon come online - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Traffic camera system to soon come online

Memphis will soon have the same kind of TDOT SmartWay system already up and running in the cities of Knoxville and Nashville.

According to Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Pamela Marshall, the system will be beneficial to local motorists.

"It will give them an opportunity to see real-time, exactly what's going on in our interstate system," she said.

The SmartWay system will feature 115 cameras, installed along Shelby County highways in a similar manner to cameras already in place along the two bridges that span the Mississippi river in Memphis.  Besides telling motorists where traffic is backed up, the new system will also alert TDOT assistance trucks to accidents and other problems on local interstates.

"As soon as an accident happens - as soon as a stall happens - one of our help trucks will be able to get there and move that particular accident out of the way," Marshall said.

The headquarters for the SmartWay camera system has been built at TDOT's existing facility in east Memphis.  Special training sessions have been held, and a members of the media were recently briefed on how to use the cameras in their broadcasts.

The SmartWay system also includes 34 roadway spanning message boards that will inform motorists on everything from road conditions to AMBER Alerts.

TDOT's SmartWay expansion in Memphis is scheduled to come online by the end of 2008.

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