It may earn more more viewers than a rerun of a city council meeting, and help citizens save time too. The city of Durham, N.C., is running live feeds of 15 of its traffic cameras during rush hour.
Starting today (Jan. 4, 2010), the cams—shown one after another—are viewable on the city’s channel on Time Warner Cable and on the city’s Web site at www.durhamnc.gov/dtv8 by selecting "Watch the DTV8 Live Stream" menu option.
An initial look at the Web version, which uses Windows Media Player, shows high-quality, color views, at a high frame-rate.
The traffic cams will air every Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
According to Beverly B. Thompson, director of the City's Office of Public Affairs, by offering the live traffic camera footage on both the channel and the Web site, more Durham motorists can stay informed about the traffic conditions and plan their trips accordingly. "One of our primary goals with government television is to keep our residents informed about what's going on in the city," Thompson said. "By offering live traffic footage during the peak morning and afternoon commute times, our goal is to help our residents see what's going on and get quickly and safely to their destinations."
For those who know Durham, here are the traffic cam locations that will be viewable.
-U.S. Hwy. 15-501 & Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy.
-N.C. Hwy. 147 & Mangum St.
-U.S. Hwy. 70 & Miami Blvd./Mineral Springs Rd.
-N.C. Hwy. 54 & N.C. Hwy. 751/Garrett Rd.
-I-85 & Roxboro St.
-I-85 & Guess Rd.
-Roxboro Rd. & Latta Rd./Infinity Rd.
-U.S. Hwy. 15-501 & Hillsborough Rd.
-I-40 & U.S. Hwy. 15-501
-I-40 & N.C. Hwy. 54
-I-40 & Fayetteville Rd.
-I-40 & N.C. Hwy. 55
-I-40 & Miami Blvd.
-I-40 & I-540
-N.C. Hwy. 147 & Ellis Rd.
The feed is being provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the City of Durham's Department of Transportation.
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