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      MDOT announces new cameras and controls at intersections

      MDOT announced new cameras have been installed at three Upper Peninsula intersections.

      The new remote traffic signal controls and weather/traffic cameras have been installed at the following locations: Lincoln Avenue (US-2/US-41/M-35) and Ludington Street in Escanaba, US-41 and 10th Street/10th Avenue in Menominee, and I-75 Business Spur (Ashmun Street) at 12th Avenue/Marquette Street in Sault Ste. Marie.

      The new controls and cameras will allow MDOT to monitor these locations remotely and check for the necessity of winter maintenance. However, MDOT states the cameras will not be used for traffic law enforcement, including red light running or speed enforcement. Michigan state law currently prohibits "red light cameras."

      The new equipment, installed this week, complements MDOT's 16 new sensor and camera locations, along with 14 existing Environmental Sensor Stations, in its U.P. Road Weather Information System.

      With the new equipment and cameras, MDOT will better be able to regulate traffic flow and volume at these locations. In addition, maintenance engineers will be able to better determine when to place materials at the sites to keep the pavement from freezing during winter weather.

      By the end of this summer, MDOT estimates the public will be able to view the collected images from the cameras at the following website: www.michigan.gov/drive.

      For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mdot and click on the Roads and Travel button along the left side of the page.