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Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Monday, 18 January 2010 11:49
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A video detection system has been installed to control traffic light sequencing at South Main Street and Napoleon Road.
City engineer Brian O'Connell said the video system works similar to a loop detector installed in pavement but is actually less expensive. The system was installed with the help of the Ohio Department of Transportation. O'Connell said a system in the pavement would have been more expensive because it would have required cutting into curbs and sidewalks to connect wires to the control box.
"The camera is a newer version that focuses on the traffic lanes on Napoleon Road. When a vehicle enters the detection zone, it reports to the controller the same as a loop detector that a green light needs to be given to that lane. When the vehicle(s) leave, it clears the detector and the green light goes back to Main Street," O'Connell said.
Buttons have also been installed at the intersection to allow pedestrians to change the light.
O'Connell said if there is no traffic on Napoleon Road, motorists on Main Street will notice long period of green lights.
Municipal Administrator John Fawcett said the video camera is dedicated to the intersection and does not have the ability to work as a surveillance camera. Last year the city installed cameras on Main and Wooster streets near that intersection to help keep an eye on the area. Those cameras are monitored in the police station.

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