Gwinnett Upgrades Traffic Management System

It also allows more TV and online viewing of some intersections in the county.

Most everyone in Suwanee and Gwinnett County has to deal with often-contentious traffic on a daily basis. And the county government is making improvements in its traffic management system that may make that task easier.

According to a county news release, the Board of Commissioners recently allocated $341,763 in 2009 SPLOST funds for an upgrade, which will expand use of the state NaviGator system. The upgrade, which includes added information available via live online streaming, is expected to be completed in mid- to late 2013, according to Gwinnett spokesperson Heather Sawyer.

Transportation Director Kim Conroy said, “This contract will improve our ability to monitor and manage traffic conditions across the county."

The upgrade also integrates the Gwinnett system with police, fire, the 911 Center and the Emergency Operations Center, the release said. It enables authorities to monitor the state’s cameras along I-85, which is critical to their incident management operations.

Also, the upgrade will add to the information available to motorists through GC Smart Commute, which provides live, streaming video of select major intersections from Gwinnett County traffic cameras.

Smart Commute is available online at gcsmartcommute.com and on TVgwinnett weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. When it's completed, the upgrade will allow commuters to select a specific intersection and receive a static image that will be updated every 1 to 2 minutes.

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