Traffic cameras go dark after contractor cuts fiber

6:59 AM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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  • 11Alive Traffic Reporter Elle Duncan said the cameras are out in some of the busiest stretches of interstate in metro Atlanta.
  • Dozens of traffic cameras are on the fritz, making it tough to see what's happening in some of the busiest stretches of interstate in metro Atlanta. (Coutesy GDOT)
    

ATLANTA -- Dozens of traffic cameras are on the fritz, making it tough to see what's happening in some of the busiest stretches of interstate in metro Atlanta.

"All along 285, at Roswell Road, at 400, at Ashford-Dunwoody, all areas that are extremely important to a traffic commute, [they] suddenly don't work anymore," said 11Alive Traffic Reporter Elle Duncan. "I'm talking about entire rows of cameras not working."

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A couple of months ago, officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation reported two cameras were down because thieves stole the copper wires that keep them running.

A week later, malfunctioning fiber optics put more cameras out of commission.

This time, some fiber was accidentally cut by a contractor working at Roswell Road and I-285.

"We do have another contractor out there trying to make the repair and assess the damage and make sure we get it all repaired," said Jill Goldberg, a spokeswoman for the Georgia DOT. "We don't have to go back out."

The outage affected about 40 pieces of traffic control equipment, including cameras.

GDOT has a total of 3000.

"It was really a small percent and number of our equipment that was out," Goldberg said. "Obviously, we do use that every day, all day long."

Goldberg could not say when the fiber would be fixed.

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