Delta Looking to Implement Live Stream Traffic Cameras
Live-streaming traffic cameras are coming to Delta as the municipality looks at implementing a traffic management system similar to what’s being used in neighbouring communities.
As part of plans to launch a pilot project later this year, the Corporation of Delta issued a request for proposals on Monday calling for the installation of two different camera types that will operate 24/7 at a signalized intersection.
“The Corporation’s intent through this process is to identify a system and camera model that will form the basis of future expansion of the camera system,” states the RFP.
Cities such as Vancouver and Surrey have implemented camera systems helping them to control traffic flow and Steven Lan, Delta’s director of engineering, said this pilot will hopefully provide the basis to roll out a similar approach. Surrey, for example, has more than 200 cameras placed at busy intersections around the city to monitor congestion and proactively control signals.
The pilot project will last for 12 months before Delta staff comes back to council with the results.
The RFP states that the intersection where the cameras will be installed will only be disclosed to the bid winner, but Lan said that’s because the municipality is still in the process of determining the best location to test the technology.
A schedule attached to the RFP lists an anticipated installation date in early May. If the best bid comes back at an amount exceeding $50,000, it will need to go to Delta council for approval.