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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A network of real-time traffic cameras is now operational between Rochester and St Paul, giving motorists more information about road conditions.

The 42 traffic cameras and eight digital message signs are located along Highway 52. The network was finalized when additional cameras were installed in a gap north of Pine Island to south of St. Paul.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the cameras will ”provide more views of traffic conditions on the Hwy 52 corridor, provide for greater communication about traffic conditions and give MnDOT a good framework for addressing future transportation needs. “

The cameras can be utilized by people who view MnDOT’s traffic and road conditions map at 511. They are also used by dispatchers and traffic management during traffic crashes to assist public safety and first responders. The message signs placed along the highway can assist motorists in providing information about road conditions to alert drivers in advance, such as if a crash is diverting traffic or if severe winter weather driving conditions exist.

“We think the cameras provide users with a greater understanding of what’s happening on their roads,” said Michael Schweyen, district traffic engineer for MnDOT District 6 based in Rochester. “The fiber optic network that MnDOT has invested in will provide fast and reliable data, such as video, in order for motorists and trip planners to be more fully informed and to have a safer trip. Providing real time information to the traveling public is a key goal of MnDOT”

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