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Killeen council to consider system to monitor traffic

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 4:30 am

Killeen’s transportation division is seeking the City Council’s approval to install a system in its new facility to monitor traffic conditions in heavily traveled corridors and remotely make adjustments.

George Lueck, director of transportation services, said cameras were already mounted at particular intersections and will allow the department to pull up the intersection in real-time and make adjustments to aid traffic in flowing more efficiently.

“Having this type of capability is going to enhance the driving experience,” he said.

The traffic monitoring center — composed of eight 55-inch monitors — has a price tag of $118,964.

The $2.1 million transportation facility is expected to be completed by early December and will house the department’s offices, training classrooms, a sign shop and control room to monitor the city’s traffic signals.

Lueck said the building also has a 150-foot tower that communicates with the signals from the control center. He said once the department moves to its new facility, it will have the ability to connect to the cameras and begin monitoring traffic patterns.

Lueck said the cameras have the ability to record and will store recorded data for about a month. The purpose of recording data is for department engineers to look at that data to determine traffic patterns at particular times among other things, but that recorded data also could be accessed by the public under the Public Information Act.

City Attorney Kathy Davis said the recorded data would be public information, as is other information the city has.

“There is no expectation of privacy when driving down the road, and I know that people don’t like the idea of thinking that they can be videotaped at any time,” she said. “But the courts have said there is no expectation of privacy when you’re in public domain.”

Davis said if recorded data is requested, whether it be for surveillance purposes or other reasons, the city is required to provide the recordings if they are still in its possession at the time of the request.

Lueck said the cameras have the ability to pan and rotate 360 degrees to capture data.

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