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Message boards, closed circuit cameras to bring improved traffic safety to Allen County

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Frame for dynamic message board is being constructed on I-69 north of Illinois Rd. interchange.
New message boards will boost travel information for motorists.

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Information helpful to motorists using interstates in the county will soon be more readily available right out of a driver's windshield.

New dynamic message boards are being installed on I-69, one a couple miles south of Dupont Road, the other north of the Illinois Road interchange.

In total, there will be a half dozen such signs that will be operational in Allen County, four on I-69 and two more on I-469.

The signs can let motorists know about things like traffic crashes and road construction delays, at times prompting drivers to take an alternate route.

In addition, about 30 closed circuit TV cameras are being mounted on interstate roadway in the county.

Those type of cameras have been in use for years around Indianapolis and other major cities.

INDOT promotes the cameras as a way to alert the public to trouble spots out on major highways.

"Sometimes it can be helpful, especially during the winter if you just want to get a sense what conditions look like out there on the roadways, sometimes it's helpful to pull up our website, take a look at those and give people a sense of what it looks like out there," said Scott Manning, INDOT'S strategic communications manager, who spoke to us in a virtual interview.

Regarding the dynamic message signs, besides traffic updates, those can also be used to let people know about everything from Amber Alerts to air quality hazard days.

The message boards and cameras represent about a $6.5 million investment in Allen County.

They should be fully operational around November.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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