The city of Salem has turned on live-streaming traffic cameras to allow drivers to check conditions at 22 key intersections before they head out into traffic.
Mike Gotterba, a spokesman for the city’s public works department, said the cameras were financed as part of a 2008 “Keep Salem Moving!” streets and bridges bond. The cameras are designed to ease congestion and make traveling safer by allowing people to check the cameras and plan their commutes around trouble spots, city officials said.
The cameras are housed inside round domes that are mounted to various locations on traffic signal poles, including mast arms, luminaire arms and pole shafts, with the use of aluminum tubing, Gotterba said in a statement.
“The cameras display fixed images that are updated every 5 to 10 minutes,” he said.
— Joseph Rose