Don’t panic: The cameras at Ardmore intersections don’t issue any citations, they just help control the flow of traffic.
Ardmore city commissioners voted to place an updated $20,000 traffic signal system on 5th Avenue and North Washington Street at a meeting Tuesday night. The new system, called a television system or video system, uses cameras to determine the flow of traffic, but it isn’t a red light camera used for issuing tickets.
“It’s a video system,” City Engineer Thomas Mansur said. “It detects motion and ascertains by video whether or not it’s a person standing there, or if it’s a car or if it’s empty. It actually pixelates the photo and differentiates what is there.”
Mansur said a few of the newer cameras have gone up around town already. The new camera systems are replacing older detector loop systems, which are comprised of sensor wires buried under pavement. Mansur said detector loop systems are just as accurate, but they’re more prone to wearing down over time and usually take damage from road work or the elements.
“We don’t have to saw-cut through pavement to get to these,” Mansur said. “It’s a lot more reliable and it doesn’t get torn up when we do snowplows in the winter. Detector loops, those tend to get obliterated. This is more expensive, but it is worth it.”
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation had already agreed to perform maintenance on the old loop at N. Washington St. before the city’s decision. Now, ODOT will pay $7,458, the cost of fixing the old standard system, and the city will pay the remaining $12,542.
The council also voted to allow KMA Aviation LLC, the Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport’s fixed base operator, to use a city truck and a machine called a FOB Boss to clear debris from runways and taxiways. Cindy Huggins and Mark Wainscott were appointed to the Ardmore Main Street Authority Board and the commission voted to participate in the Oklahoma Main Street Program again this year.