Red light camera installation delayed
In a recent Hook cover story [Seeing Red: Safety measure or cash grab?] County officials said the area's first red light camera system would be up and running at the intersection of Route 29 North and Rio Road on October 11, but drivers may have noticed the absence of any camera equipment. So what's the deal?
"Rain and utility delay," says County spokesperson Lee Catlin. "We are kind of day to day at this point pending the weather situation. We will announce a firm date as soon as it is available, we were hoping by this Friday, but that may not pan out given the rain."
According to County records, utility work includes $80,000 for the installation of an electric power pedestal within the VDOT right of way for the camera equipment, which will be paid by the company installing the cameras, says Catlin.
Thenewspaper.com, an online journal that covers the "politics of driving," recently ran a story analyzing the Engineering Safety Analysis that was done on the 29/Rio intersection over the summer, which you can read here.