Jacksonville city officials keep up to date with traffic conditions during wintry weather

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Conditions were mostly clear in Jacksonville Friday. WNCT took a look into how city officials and local law enforcement keep up to date with traffic conditions during wintry weather.

Despite traffic control saying traffic remains light Friday, Jacksonville Police says they’ve seen an uptick in accidents because more people are off of work and out of school.

The traffic operation center in Jacksonville is keeping an eye on both the weather and traffic as folks travel within the city.

The center has more than 210 traffic detectors, 41 traffic cameras and a wall of screens that display footage from across the city, which helps them determine when traffic signals need to be altered.

“We continuously monitor traffic patterns, make sure we’re addressing areas of congestion and then also working with the police department on any incidents that may arise whether it be a crash or other type of emergency,” said Anthony Prinz, the Transportation Services Administrator.

Prinz says they’ve seen lighter than normal traffic patterns during today’s wintry weather.

But, Jacksonville Police says they saw higher than normal calls for accidents Friday.

Heading into the evening, both departments say you should be careful on the roadways.

“Just take your time, pay attention to what’s in front of you,” said Prinz. “The unfortunate thing about ice is you can’t tell whether it’s wet or whether it’s solid so again, just take your time and be careful when you’re heading where you want to go.”

Traffic control says if the weather were to knock out power across Jacksonville, they will still be able to operate under their updated system which signals an alarm to the traffic supervisor who would then send crews to fix broken traffic signals.

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