Texas highway system to install more tracking, inspection and enforcement cameras
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation will install a series of new traffic cameras along Interstate 45 and Highway 70 that will allow officials to track and enforce compliance with a state law mandating new, high-definition cameras on Texas’ freeways, officials said Friday.
The cameras are part of a statewide pilot project that will cost about $2.3 million over the next two years, Transportation Secretary Michael Williams said.
The project was part of the Texas Highways Improvement Act, passed in 2015 to improve roadways in Texas.
Williams said the project is expected to help reduce the number of crashes and fatalities on highways in the state.
The Texas Department for Public Safety has installed cameras on the interstate in both directions between Interstate 35 and Interstate 40, the Texas Transportation Institute said in a release.
The cameras are expected to cost about the same as the cameras on existing lanes.
Williams also said the state has hired the company Lyle Martin to install new traffic signs in all lanes on the highway.
Those signs will include information on how to use the new cameras and how to flag drivers.
The new cameras will be installed in the areas of the interstate that already have cameras.
Officials expect to install about 150 cameras on highways statewide during the pilot phase of the project, which starts later this year.
The agency said it expects the installation of 1,000 cameras by 2019.