With a simple click of the mouse, citizens can monitor traffic flow and pavement conditions on major highways throughout the Greater Philadelphia region before leaving their home or workplace by logging onto the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Web site www.dot.state.pa.us, according to a press release.Video from more than 100 highway traffic cameras in southeastern Pennsylvania is presently available for viewing online, along with video from another 150 highway cameras from other areas of the commonwealth. Additional PennDOT cameras will be available online in the future upon their activation.

"We are delighted to provide our customers with the ability to access our traffic camera video from their personal computers so they can make informed travel decisions," PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said in the press release.

To access the online traffic cameras, go to the Travel Information box on the PennDOT homepage and then click on the Traffic Cameras button to access the statewide web cam map. To view the cameras in southeastern Pennsylvania, click on District 6. From the regional map, just click on the camera symbol of interest and live video will appear on the computer screen. The video refreshes every five seconds. Online cameras are stationed along Interstates 76, Interstate 95, Interstate 476, Route 202, Route 309, Route 422, Route 30 and Route 100.

According to the press release, PennDOT monitors its cameras in the Philadelphia region 24 hours a day, seven days a week from its regional Traffic Management Center in King of Prussia. The TMC staff utilizes this network of closed circuit television cameras to detect incidents on major highways in the Philadelphia region. The early detection of incidents allows PennDOT to quickly communicate information to local emergency responders to expedite the response and reopening of travel lanes. The TMC staff also communicates information to traffic reporting services and posts messages for motorists on 70 dynamic message signs in the region.

"The addition of traffic cameras to our Web site is one of several enhancements we've made to the site to give customers greater access to online travel-related information," Toaso said.

In addition to the traffic cameras, PennDOT's Web site provides information on weather-related travel conditions and road closures, which is updated every 15 minutes for all Pennsylvania interstates, plus travel advisories along interstate and non-interstate highways, the release said.

Another customer information service that PennDOT is offering is an interstate road condition hotline where callers can get weather-related road condition information updated every 15 minutes for all Pennsylvania interstates. The tollfree hotline is 1-888-783-6783 for in-state callers; out-ofstate callers should call 717783-5186.

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