I-75 motorists to get traffic updates through new cameras
ARENAC COUNTY — A new system to monitor traffic conditions and disseminate that information to drivers being installed across the state has found its way to Arenac County.
According to Anita Richardson, spokeswoman with the Michigan Department of Transportation, MDOT is working on a project called an intelligent transportation system (ITS) along the I-75 corridor from Auburn Hills to Grayling.
“They are basically installing dynamic message boards and signs to monitor traffic along the corridor,” Richardson said. “By installing these devices, it allows us to deliver real-time traffic information to motorists as they navigate Michigan highways.”
One camera has already been installed at the US-23 and I-75 interchange, and another at M-61 and I-75 was going up as of Jan. 24. Richardson said these cameras will monitor the traffic along I-75 for any problems. This information is sent to an ITS business center, which, in the event of a problem, will put out alerts to the electronic message signs MDOT has installed along the interstate.
These will alert motorists to learn about poor traffic conditions ahead of them so they can either expect the delay, or find an alternate route, Richardson said.
“It’s a statewide project,” she said. “The ITS project has been going on for a number of years. It’s being done throughout the country.”
“It’s just another step forward for MDOT in terms of using modern technology to facilitate traffic,” she added.
The cameras are currently functioning along I-75 as they are completed.