Fact Sheet Collection
STATE OF CALIFORNIA - BUSINESS, TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
District 11, P.O. Box 85406, San Diego, CA 92186-5406
Freeway Incident Surveillance Cameras
- Reduce freeway incident response times
- Shorten time needed to clear freeway incident
- Improve response to freeway incidents by responding with appropriate equipment
- Improve motorist safety
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is in the process of installing freeway
incident surveillance cameras on urban freeways throughout San Diego. The cameras will be operated from the
Transportation Management Center (TMC) in Kearny Mesa and will enable Caltrans and California Highway Patrol
crews to quickly respond to safety hazards or other freeway incidents on area freeways. From debris in the roadway
to multi-vehicle accidents, the cameras will be used to determine the type of incident and equipment needed to
quickly and safely clear the incident from the roadway. In San Diego, nearly 100 pivoting cameras are expected to
be constructed on area freeways. Similar systems are already successfully in use in Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.
Five separate projects will construct camera poles and place fiber-optic cables along
San Diego freeways in preparation of camera installation. Caltrans crews will install cameras after the poles are constructed.
The first project was completed in May 1999 and constructed four camera poles and placed fiber-optic cables from
the Transportation Management Center (TMC) in Kearny Mesa along Interstate 805 to State Route 163, along SR-163 to
Washington Street, and on I-8 from SR-163 to Hotel Circle. The project cost $2.5 million to complete.
The second project is currently under construction and will construct seven camera poles, and place fiber-optic
cable on I-8 from Hotel Circle to I-5, and on I-5 from I- 8 to Washington. The second project is expected to be
completed in February 2000. The project is estimated to cost $1.6 million.
The third project is also under construction, and will construct 13 camera poles and place fiber-optic cable
on I-5 from Washington Street to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge (SR-75). The project is expected to be completed
in Fall 2000 at an estimated cost of $3.6 million.
The fourth and fifth projects are currently in the design and planning process. The final number and location of
cameras and fiber optic cable is still being decided on these two projects. The fourth project is expected to construct
six camera poles and place fiber optic cable on portions of I-5 and SR-94 and is expected to begin construction in
Summer 2000. The fifth project is expected to construct 28 camera poles and place fiber optic cable on I-15 from I-8
to SR-56 and is scheduled to begin construction in Summer 2001.