Cameras on S.D. Highways Show Motorists Road Conditions

December 28, 2007

Motorists planning to travel on South Dakota’s interstate highways during dicey winter weather can now get a look-see before they leave the comfort and safety of their homes.

The state Transportation Department has installed digital cameras at 19 locations along Interstates 29 and 90 to take snapshots of road conditions every 10 minutes, relaying that information to the agency’s Web site.

People planning to travel those roads can log on their computers and get an actual look at the roads before deciding if they want to venture out.

“These cameras are another important tool that motorists can use when deciding if they should head out on the road,” said Darin Bergquist, state transportation secretary.

“Travelers will be able to use the camera images along with our road reports and weather predictions to help them see what conditions are like,” he said.

Motorists are urged to call the 511 Traveler Information Service to review road conditions in South Dakota and neighboring states, Bergquist added.

“The safety of the traveling public is our most important concern,” he said

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