City adding traffic cameras, LEDs to traffic lights

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne will soon have closed-circuit traffic cameras at some of the city’s busiest intersections.

The Board of Public Works approved the $240,000 project Wednesday. The project will be paid mostly with federal money.

The cameras will be placed at the following intersections:

  • Coliseum Boulevard at Lima Road, Speedway Drive, Coldwater Road, Clinton Street, Parnell Avenue, Paul Shaffer Drive, Anthony Boulevard., and Crescent Avenue.
  • Anthony Boulevard and Washington Boulevard.
  • Lafayette Street at Washington Boulevard, Pontiac Street, Rudisill Boulevard, Pettit Avenue, and Tillman Road.

The cameras will be used to monitor traffic conditions, but law enforcement, the Fort Wayne Fire Department, the street department, and traffic operations will have the ability to use the cameras when necessary.

The Board of Public Works also approved a project that will put LEDs in traffic signals at approximately 300 intersections. The LEDs will be energy efficient and black plates will be installed to help with visibility. Another project will include putting crosswalk signals with countdown clocks at places across Fort Wayne. The city will also connect 69 traffic signals with the city’s other 298 signals. That project will put every traffic signal in Fort Wayne into a central monitoring system.

The cost of all the projects is approximately $3.5 million and the city will be responsible for about 40 percent of the cost. The LED project will be entirely paid for with federal money at a cost of $2.6 million.

A timetable for the projects has not been announced.

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