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FINE-TUNING TRAFFIC SIGNALS CAMERAS TO TWEAK SYSTEM.

Byline: Judy O'Rourke Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - New technology will help manage traffic around the city.

Seventeen closed-circuit cameras linked by 13 miles of fiber optic cable will allow traffic engineers at City Hall to monitor key intersections, letting them adjust traffic signals to make traffic flow better.

``We will be able to change timing to accommodate traffic conditions and we can ask Field Services or the Sheriff's Department to control traffic manually,'' said Andrew Yi, city traffic engineer.

Real-time video images will be transmitted to two 46-inch flat-screen plasma TVs in the city's operations center. The images will not be recorded, though they could be in the future. Images as far away as 1,500 to 2,000 feet could be captured by the cameras, which can be aimed by remote control.

``It's going to allow us to have more eyes out there,'' said Cesar Romo, assistant traffic engineer. ``We can be reactive to traffic.'' Installation of the $3.5 million project began in August and is expected to be finished by June. Once the system is fine-tuned, drivers who observe the speed limit could expect to pass through four or five intersections in a row without being stopped by a red signal, said assistant engineer Terry Brice.

Other agencies may eventually be able to tap into the camera system. The County of Los Angeles, Caltrans and the Sheriff's and Fire departments could be given access codes, Brice said. Only one remote user at a time would be able to pivot the cameras.

Satellite city operations at Central Park and the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center may also be able to join the network, gaining the ability to ``talk'' with computers and phone lines at City Hall.

Cameras will be positioned at intersections that include ones along Valencia Boulevard, Magic Mountain Parkway, Bouquet Canyon Road, Soledad Canyon Road, Sierra Highway, Lyons Avenue, San Fernando Road and Orchard Village Road.

Judy O'Rourke, (661) 257-5255

judy.orourke(at)dailynews.com
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