More Cameras Coming to Arkansas Roadways

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) is adding more cameras and messages boards to the Highway System in Arkansas.

Currently 35 cameras are operational in the Natural State.

Danny Straessle, Assistant Public Information Officer at AHTD, said, "The goal is to make it more efficient for the motorist to get from point A to point B."

The cameras and message boards are a part of a new technological push, thanks in part to a more than $2M grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and funding by the Highway Commission.

Straessle added, "We have the benefit of being able to start fresh utilizing the latest technology... Motorists, when they have good information, they're able to make informed decisions about how to navigate the state highway systems, whether it's in the metro area, or even if your heading across country and heading out I-40."

Straessle said the new cameras have one major purpose, "They are simply used for monitoring traffic flow... The Highway Department does not record the video on these cameras, do not collect license plate information on those cameras."

The message boards can provide key information for the motorist, and that message can be changed by AHTD.

Straessle said, "That's information that you now have that you can find an alternate route and maybe get across the river a little bit, or call the boss on the phone and say 'hey, I'm stuck in traffic'."

Straessle noted more construction around the state over the next decade is a key reason for this new technology is to keep drivers aware.

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