Traffic-camera system on Highway 417 to be upgraded

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OTTAWA, Ont. — The province is spending $1.75 million to upgrade the traffic-camera system along Highway 417 through Ottawa in order to improve traffic flow along the expressway.

The total number of cameras is being increased to 10 from 7 with the addition of three new cameras at Pincrest Road, Carling Avenue and Belfast Road. In addition, a new fibre-optic communications system will link all traffic cameras to a central monitoring centre. The upgraded camera network will help reduce gridlock and improve highway operations.

“The installation of a fibre-optic communications system and the additional traffic cameras will provide better monitoring and enable a quicker response to any incidents that may occur,” says the provincial transportation minister, Norm Sterling.

Ottawa-Orleans MPP Brian Coburn says the Highway 417 improvements are important for both commuters and businesses that rely on the expressway.

Construction on the project is expected to begin this fall and be complete by fall 2003.

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