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Gwinnett to install more traffic cameras, fiber-optic cables

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett transportation officials will install more traffic cameras and fiber-optic cables to monitor traffic flow in two congested areas.

A six-mile stretch of Pleasant Hill Road between Lawrenceville Highway and Buford Highway will get the new traffic management equipment, according to a news release. So will almost three miles of Buford Drive between Interstate 985 and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard near the Mall of Georgia.

During its meeting this week, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners awarded both contracts to the low bidder, R.J. Haynie Inc., for a combined amount of $847,668. Eighty percent of the cost will be covered by state transportation funds, and the rest will come from the county's 2009 special purpose local option sales tax program.

The new traffic cameras will be added to the Department of Transportation's GC Smart Commute program, which allows Gwinnett residents to view live traffic feeds of heavily traveled intersections and corridors to plan their daily commute, the news release states.

Live feeds show real-time traffic looped for about a dozen heavily used intersections and corridors during peak hours of commuter traffic. Additional intersections are shown during off-peak hours.

GC Smart Commute is available 24/7 at www.gcsmartcommute.com and on TVgwinnett, the government access cable channel, between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and again between 4 and 6 p.m. weekdays.

About 115 cameras are currently operating with a total of 175 expected to be operating within the next several years. The cameras all feed back to the Gwinnett Traffic Control Center, where operators can control traffic lights to adjust traffic flow.

The traffic cameras are not the same as the red light cameras that snap pictures of the license plates of vehicles that run red lights.