I-91 bridge project includes cameras

BRATTLEBORO -- Cameras that are being set up for the Interstate 91 bridge project over the West River will not record or transmit data, a spokeswoman for the project said, but rather will monitor traffic and keep travelers and the work crew up to date on traffic conditions.

Cindy Cook, public relations officer for the Brattleboro I-91 Bridge Replacement Project, said the cameras that are in place along the highway are for real-time use only.

"Advanced traveler information external to the work zone has been incorporated into the project," Cook said. "A full array of portable changeable message signs, radar traffic sensors and video cameras will broadcast live data to a public website created for this project using cellular technology."

The massive $60 million project to replace the deteriorating steel bridge over the West River and Route 30 is set to begin at the end of September.

The proposed 1,036-foot concrete structure will replace the 50-year-old green bridge.

The project is expected to extend through the summer of 2016.

Cook said the cameras, which are extended above the highway on movable towers, will neither store nor transmit information.

"The data is not collected for future viewing," she said. "The general public will be able to view the construction traffic conditions real time 24/7 at a few locations."

She also said there were no special permits required to set up or operate the cameras on the federal highway.

The cameras are part of extensive communication system that will include updates on construction, traffic delays and closures, and progress of the project.

Project officials expect there to be travel restrictions on Route 30 and on Upper Dummerston Road during construction.

Project updates, traffic information, and camera feeds will be available at www.I91BrattleboroBridge.com

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at hwtisman@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 279. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardReformer.


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