Local residents can now watch the construction of the new South Medford High School at Columbus and Cunningham avenues on their computers.

Local residents can now watch the construction of the new South Medford High School at Columbus and Cunningham avenues on their computers.

The school district has installed a webcam at the campus that transmits new photos every 30 minutes, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., showing the progress crews have made in construction.

"It's a good way, in a generic sense, to show progress to people who might not have the time to drive out to the site and peek through the fence," said Neil Brown, a senior project manager with Day CPM. "Since it's public dollars, it's just a good communication tool."

Brown oversees and coordinates all the contractors on the 42-acre site.

The webcam images, hosted by iBeam Systems Inc., are available at www.medfordschooldistrict.org/SMH.htm.

The webcam is mounted on the backside of Brown's construction trailer on the northeast corner of the campus.

The 255,000-square-foot school will cost $81 million and is set to open in fall 2010. A $189 million bond package approved by voters in November 2006 is funding the project.

The school will replace the existing South Medford High School at South Oakdale Avenue. A use for the old building has not been decided.

The district and Brown will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at South Medford, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., to provide an update on the construction.