Caltrans is set to introduce a new camera system that can monitor and record traffic in California.
The system will be called the Caltrans Traffic Camera Network (TCN), according to a statement from the agency released Wednesday.
The TCN is a pilot project designed to assess whether the new camera equipment could reduce the number of crashes and fatalities on the roads.
It will be in operation beginning in 2019, according to the statement.
The announcement came as a part of a $1.4 billion state highway funding package approved by the California legislature.
The bill also requires Caltrans to install traffic cameras along the state’s highways by 2028.
Caltrans will need the money to purchase new cameras and upgrade existing ones.
California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike McCorkle, who oversees the California Highway Patrol, said the cameras will be installed on major freeways and highways with traffic congestion.
“We’re looking to improve safety and to improve visibility and traffic flow,” he said.
“There’s no other way to say it.
We’ve got to get it right.”
The proposal is similar to the California Traffic Camera program that was rolled out in Oregon in April, with a $4.6 million allocation and a $2.3 million cap on the program.
Oregon already has two dozen cameras installed in the state, and other states have plans in place.