On Tuesday, the approved of the installation of more traffic cameras and fiber-optic cables throughout the county. The added devices will monitor traffic flow and allow for real-time, remote-control adjustments from the Gwinnett Traffic Control Center.
The new traffic-management equipment will be installed on a six-mile stretch of Pleasant Hill Road between Lawrenceville Highway/U.S. 29 and Buford Highway/U.S. 23. A nearly three-mile stretch of Buford Drive/State Route 20 between I-985 and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard near the Mall of Georgia will also get the cameras and cables.
Both contracts were awarded to the lowest bidder, R.J. Haynie, Inc. Both projects cost a combined total of $847,668. Eighty percent of the bill will be paid for by state transportation funds. The remaining 20 percent will come from Gwinnett’s 2009 sales tax program.
Once the cameras are installed, drivers will be able to watch the traffic in these areas live, along with about a dozen other heavily-used intersections in Gwinnett on GC Smart Commute. Residents can view the cameras either online or on TVgwinnett, the government access cable channel, weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and again between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
As of now, there are about 115 traffic cameras in use in the county. Another 60 are expected to be up and running in the coming years.