Lexington’s new traffic camera system goes live

Planning your morning commute just became a lot easier with 79 new high definition traffic cameras, live online (lexingtonky.gov/traffic) starting today.

The new cameras are much clearer than the city’s previous traffic cameras.

More cameras will be added at key intersections as needed and as the fiber network connecting the cameras expands.

“This is a big step forward that will become more and more important to citizens as our city continues to grow,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “This system will put traffic information at your fingertips, available in the car and beyond. It will make traveling around town more convenient and safer.”

On the new website, camera locations are laid out on top of a Google map that shows current traffic conditions. Camera locations are also sorted by area and alphabetically. Citizens can view one camera at a time for up to 15 seconds. 

“Media and first responders will be able to log into the new system to access enhanced views that will help them better serve the public,” said David Filiatreau, city traffic engineer.

Work on the project began late last year. Because Traffic Engineering already had the camera infrastructure in place, the cost of the project is about $170,000.

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