MERIDEN — A $24 million installation of nearly 30 traffic cameras and three flashing signs to Interstates 91 and 691 and Route 15 will finish late this spring after close to two years of work.
The state Department of Transportation cameras will eliminate a blind spot in the state system of traffic cameras and allow motorists, first responders, and law enforcement to monitor congestion, road conditions, construction and maintenance, lane closures and accidents around the clock, said Kevin Nursick, a DOT spokesman.
The cameras will cover the Cheshire, Cromwell, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown and Southington areas of each road.
“Our current projection is that the project will be substantially complete around May 1,” Nursick said in an email on Monday. “We will then begin a 30-day test process to affirm total functionality of all systems.”
The nearly 30 cameras will cost about $150,000 each, Nursick said in 2018. On I-91, 15 closed-circuit television cameras are being installed between Cromwell and the Meriden I-691 interchange, including a camera on Route 15 near the junction. Another 14 cameras are going on I-691 between the I-91/Route 15 interchange and I-84 in Southington.
This phase of the project is estimated to cost $10,527,660.
Three electronic overhead variable message signs are also being installed at a cost of about $13,340,470.
As of Monday, concrete foundations for the camera poles and the poles themselves have been installed. One of the three variable message signs is up and the others will be installed likely in February, Nursick said.
Almost all of the trenching and conduit is complete and fiber optic cabling has been installed and is being spliced where appropriate. The cameras have yet to be installed, Nursick said.
Federal aid will cover 90 percent of costs for both phases, Nursick said.