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ODOT Adds More Traffic Cameras To Its Network

 One of about 200 ODOT cameras around Cincinnati. ODOT partners with Kentucky to show KYTC cameras as well.
Ohio Department of Transportation
One of about 200 ODOT cameras around Cincinnati. ODOT partners with Kentucky to show KYTC cameras as well.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has been adding cameras to its statewide network. There are about a thousand traffic cameras statewide and more than 200 in the Cincinnati area. Spokesman Matt Bruning says ODOT is constantly adding new cameras and replacing old ones.

"We maintain around 19,000 miles of roadway in the state of Ohio. That's a lot of area to cover," said Bruning. "So basically, you have cameras that help us to see what's going on out there."

Bruning said the cameras are also for motorists, so they can plan ahead and choose the best route.

He adds there are still some blind spots, but ODOT is working on putting up more cameras. "They're not cheap. They're not stupid expensive either but they're not cheap, so you can't just put a bunch of them out wherever the heck you want. You've got to be a little more prescribed about them," he said.

Bruning said there are still some old cameras on the network, but they're being replaced with newer models with better resolution and features. The cameras are accessible online and through a mobile app.

That app from the Ohio Department of Transportation has a new feature. OHGO can now warn drivers before they hit stopped or slowed traffic. Bruning said the alert was rolled out in the last couple of weeks.

"One of the things we see a lot when we have a crash is not just the crash, but the resulting traffic backup from that crash, that then leads to secondary crashes," he said. "So we're pushing out alerts that will let people know 'Hey, there's a dangerous slowdown ahead.' The intent will be even to give you an audible alert at some point with a future release of the app."

Bruning said it's synchronized with your phone's GPS, so it will only warn you of problems in your path. The OHGO app also allows users to set up customized routes, so they can get regular updates on their regular travel path.

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Rinehart has been a radio reporter since 1994 with positions in markets like Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio: and most recently as senior correspondent and anchor for Cincinnati’s WLW-AM.