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ODOT adds six road cams in Southern Oregon

Those who want to get a look at roads in Southern Oregon before heading out now have six more views of state highways and interstates to check.

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently installed six new traffic cameras in the Southern Oregon network, bringing the total up to 35. The $672,364 project includes two Jackson County cameras — one installed at milepost 33 on Interstate 5, near Central Point's East Pine Street, and the other at milepost 52 of Highway 62, near Union Creek.

Additional cameras have been installed on I-5 at Canyon Mountain — milepost 90 — and at milepost 147 at Rice Hill. Highway 101 at the Bullards Bridge in Bandon near milepost 259 also boasts a new traffic camera, as does Highway 38 at Wells Creek, milepost 52. 

All the cameras can be viewed online at www.tripcheck.com.

ODOT spokesman Dan Latham said cameras are typically installed in areas with high traffic volume or in spots with potential safety hazards.

The Central Point camera, for example, is in an area of frequent high congestion, he said. The Union Creek camera was installed for motorists headed to Crater Lake to check on conditions. The Canyon Mountain and Rice Hill areas frequently report icy conditions during the winter, and the Bullards Bridge area tends to see high levels of fog, Latham said. Highway 38 traveling through the Wells Creek area sees frequent slick conditions.

More changes are coming to the Trip Check website, too, Latham said. They include cameras that show live video feeds, a new frequently-asked-questions section, and tweaks to the mobile app, along with some revised maps.

"They're trying to make it work a little better," Latham said. 

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.