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City of West Lafayette installing 16 new traffic cameras on Purdue's campus

The city of West Lafayette is working to improve traffic flow on campus. That's why they're investing in 16 new state-of-the-art traffic cameras.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 6:46 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The city of West Lafayette is getting 16 new traffic cameras. They'll be placed around Purdue's busiest intersections.

If you've driven on campus, you can probably relate to being in a turning lane and not making it through the light because of it turning red too quickly. The technical term for this is called a 'high-split failure" and it's been a big issue on campus.

These cameras are designed to help combat that.

It has two main functions, one being motion detection. These cameras can see 360-degrees around an intersection so it's able to detect cars that approach the light and trigger the signal to change accordingly.

The other function is to capture traffic footage to help improve overall traffic flow. West Lafayette engineers can review the footage and use it as data analysis. This will help them create street and traffic-signal updates to help solve the current traffic issues happening. It'll also help them discover issues that could arise down the line as the population continues growing.

"This will allow us to do that more quickly, more cost-effectively, and more accurately, as we have real-time data," said Mitch Lankford, City of West Lafayette engineer.

These cameras cost a total of $260,000.  There are already three cameras placed on Grant St. Chauncey Ave. and State St. What Lankford said are the busiest of the busiest intersections on campus right now.

Lankford said this technology will have a lasting impact on the city and it's worth the investment.

"We've grown substantially in terms of population and in terms of traffic signal-controlled intersections," said Lankford. "As we grow, we need to expand our capabilities and that's what we're doing with this project."

The city plans to start installing these cameras in the spring. These cameras are not an entity of the police department.
They are low resolution and can not be used to issue tickets in the case of a driving violation. In fact, speed cameras are illegal in Indiana.

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