Lincoln Journal Star | November 12, 2014
“ Those cameras are paying attention to you“
Schemmer’s, Mark Lutjeharms, P.E., PTOE, transportation engineer, was recently quoted in the Lincoln Journal Star regarding The City of Lincoln utilizing temporary traffic cameras to record traffic counts.
With the help of Schemmer, The City of Lincoln is collecting new traffic count numbers as it prepares to update Lincoln’s comprehensive plan early next year. The cameras will help the city plan for traffic decades into the future, and ensure stoplights are well timed today.
But the city doesn’t have enough staff to count all the cars, so it hires firms like Schemmer, which started using the portable cameras last year, said Lutjeharms.
Lutjeharms stated that the video is sent to a third party company, which extracts the data: how many cars went straight, how many turned left, how many turned right. Once the information is collected Schemmer moves the cameras to a new location.
“We’re trying to eliminate the need for someone to sit there with the monotonous task of counting cars manually,” Lutjeharms said.
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