Traffic Management Center opens in Valdosta - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Traffic Management Center opens in Valdosta

City Engineer Von Shipman City Engineer Von Shipman

February 24, 2004

Valdosta - It's a typical lunch hour, and at busy intersections, traffic is bumper to bumper. "Valdosta continues to grow, our traffic counts continue to increase," said Von Shipman, City Engineer.

But you'll soon see big improvements in the traffic flow, thanks to this new traffic management center. "It provides us with technology that's on the cutting edge," said Shipman.

From inside one room, traffic technicians can see what's going on all over town, and along a sections of I-75. "We'll be able to see where we're having problems, mitigate congestion due to accidents, and it also allows us to talk to the police department to set up detours," said Shipman.

Cameras are set up on top of utility poles at 33 of the city's busiest intersections. Back at the traffic management center, technicians can move the cameras any way they want to get the best view of traffic. "We can move the camera 360 degrees, zoom, tilt, pan in or out," said Derrick Crowder, Traffic Technician.

The new technology should cut down on motorists travel time and most importantly, make our roads safer. "Our number one goal is safety, if we can keep traffic moving in a fluid manner, it reduces the risk of accidents," said Shipman.

Engineers hope to take the traffic feeds online soon, so the public can see where the biggest problems are and take notice of the promised improvements.

posted at 3:30 by ashley.harper@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Student selected for Harvard summer program, lacking funding

    Student selected for Harvard summer program, lacking funding

    Monday, March 27 2017 4:57 PM EDT2017-03-27 20:57:20 GMT
    A Pataula Charter Academy student has been accepted to a program at Harvard University. (Source: WALB)A Pataula Charter Academy student has been accepted to a program at Harvard University. (Source: WALB)

    A Calhoun county student is a couple thousand dollars short of spending the summer at Harvard University.  Victoria James is a junior at Pataula Charter Academy.  S

    More >>

    A Calhoun county student is a couple thousand dollars short of spending the summer at Harvard University.  Victoria James is a junior at Pataula Charter Academy.  S

    More >>
  • Fire Weather Forecast

    Fire Weather Forecast

    Wednesday, December 30 2015 11:51 PM EST2015-12-31 04:51:24 GMT
    Monday, March 27 2017 4:24 PM EDT2017-03-27 20:24:45 GMT

    Fire Weather Forecast March 27-28, 2017

    More >>

    Fire Weather Forecast March 27-28, 2017

    More >>
  • New school coming to Calhoun Co.

    New school coming to Calhoun Co.

    Monday, March 27 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-03-27 19:48:00 GMT
    Calhoun county students will be getting a new K-12 building. (Source: WALB)Calhoun county students will be getting a new K-12 building. (Source: WALB)

    Students in Calhoun County will be moving into a new school in the next few years.  It's all thanks to a state grant and the approval by voters to extend the education penny tax.  

    More >>

    Students in Calhoun County will be moving into a new school in the next few years.  It's all thanks to a state grant and the approval by voters to extend the education penny tax.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly