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This Web site will be most useful to you before you head out the door and into traffic. With a few clicks of your mouse, you'll be able to view real-time camera images and the location and severity of reported crashes, work zones, and other incidents that are being monitored by the INDOT Indianapolis Traffic Management Center (TMC). You'll be able to see how well traffic is flowing in many locations and where reported incidents are located, enabling you to make decisions about which route to travel or perhaps delay your trip until conditions improve. This Web site will provide additional traffic information in the future as additional cameras and vehicle detection sites are deployed on the Interstate Highway System in the Indianapolis area. These Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies play a key role in improving the safety and efficiency of the roadway system, saving motorists' lives, time, and money by better managing the use of existing highways and providing information to motorists to assist them in making better travel decisions. INDOT's ITS initiative is known as TrafficWise.
The bandwidth requirements of streaming video are great and too costly to provide at this time. This is especially true during severe winter weather events and/or peak travel times when many visitors to this Web site are attempting to access information at the same time. Camera images and incident information are updated approximately every 5 minutes.
The information is not yet available in the Indianapolis area. As this information becomes available, it will be posted on this Web site and provided to motorists on proposed Travel Time Signs along the Interstate Highway System.
No. The cameras are a tool to monitor overall traffic flow and verify incidents, not to enforce laws or invade privacy. Cameras will not be used to catch speeders. This service is provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation; INDOT builds, maintains, and operates the Interstates, U.S.-signed routes, and State Roads; we are NOT a law enforcement agency. INDOT's goal is to observe overall traffic flow, not what individuals are doing in their vehicles; the cameras simply cannot see a level of detail that will allow drivers to be identified. No tapes will be kept. Routine videotaping is out of the question; with numerous cameras running all the time, the sheer volume of videorecordings would be overwhelming to manage.
An "N", "S", "E", or "W" is located at the end (right) of the first line of text at the bottom of each image. For example; an "N" indicates that the camera is looking north.
There are three sizes of camera images. The smallest size is in the Camera Images Overview pane along the right edge of the map. The medium size image is shown when the mouse pointer is rolled over either the camera icon on the map or the small overview image along the right edge of the map. A large size image can be displayed when the camera icon on the map is clicked with the mouse.
On the main "Indianapolis Map" tab, just hover your mouse over the incident icon for a quick description of the lane restriction. For more details, click on the "Active Incidents" tab and refer to the corresponding incident number for a description of the incident.
The panel on the left side of the screen features "Last Updated" data, including the date and time that the Web site information was last refreshed. Furthermore, the camera images contain a date and time stamp at the very bottom of the image.
Try clicking on your refresh (Internet Explorer) / reload (Netscape and Firefox) button in your browser.
Using the historic camera image below as an example, "465" indicates the camera is on Interstate 465, "30.8" is the location based upon the Mile Markers on I-465, "US 31 / MERIDIAN" indicates that the camera is located at the US 31 / Meridian Street interchange, "W" indicates the camera is looking west, "CAM-131" is the camera number, "M" indicates that the camera is set to manual control, and the date and time stamp indicates the image is from June 19th at 10:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time.
The little numbers along the side of the Interstate Highway segments are Mile Markers for that Interstate. Note that the Mile Markers increase from south to north on I-65 and I-69, west to east on I-70 and I-74, clockwise on I-465 beginning at I-65 on the Southside, and west to east on I-865. The Mile Markers, along with the 2/10 Mile Reference Markers, assist motorists and emergency responders in improved navigation and safety, as well as provide a better understanding of the messages displayed on the Dynamic Message Signs and broadcast on the Highway Advisory Radio stations at AM 530 and AM 1610. Note that in the combined section of I-65 and I-70 east of Downtown between the South Split and the North Split, the I-65 Mile Markers are used, consistent with route numbering and signage standards.
Yes. The INDOT Hoosier Helper Freeway Service Patrol serves a vitally important role in keeping traffic moving safely by helping stranded motorists (a hazard to themselves and other motorists), removing debris from the roadway, and assisting in traffic control at crash or other incident scenes. The INDOT Hoosier Helpers are in virtually constant contact with the INDOT Indianapolis Traffic Management Center and vice versa, exchanging and verifying information regarding incidents that are reported on this Web site. The goal is to detect, respond to, and clear incidents as quickly as prudently possible, which reduces the associated traffic congestion delay and vehicle operating costs, and reduces the number of secondary crashes - those that occur in traffic backups created by incidents. Restoring the freeway back to normal improves the safety of all motorists, reduces emissions and fuel consumption, and helps the economy by getting motorists and freight to their destinations quickly, safely, and efficiently. The INDOT Hoosier Helpers operate weekdays (except holidays) from 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM on 95 miles of busier portions of Indianapolis area Interstates.
Yes. Real-time traffic information is provided by INDOT in Northwest Indiana in the Gary / Hammond / Merrillville area along I-80/94 (the Borman Expressway) from the Indiana / Illinois State Line to I-90 (the Indiana Toll Road) and along I-65 from US 30 to I-80/94 (the Borman Expressway) at http://pws.trafficwise.org/ipws/nw. Real-time traffic information is also available in the Louisville area, including I-64 and I-65 in Floyd and Clark Counties in Southern Indiana at www.trimarc.org. If you are planning a trip nearby in the Chicago or Milwaukee area, real-time traffic information is available at www.travelmidwest.com; Cincinnati area real-time traffic information is available at www.buckeyetraffic.org. For additional streaming incident information, you can follow TrafficWise on Twitter by clicking the Twitter icon at the bottom of the Legend panel along the left edge of the map.
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Under no circumstances shall INDOT, its agents, or any contributor to this Web site be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, special, or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use this Web site or its content.
INDOT is not responsible for inaccurate or outdated road condition information seen on camera images or any information provided or not provided regarding incidents or construction restrictions of any kind due to the unpredictable nature of incidents and weather and their respective effects on roadways. Because weather, road, and traffic conditions change rapidly, drivers are in the best position to perceive such conditions and adjust their driving accordingly. The State of Indiana, INDOT, and any of their employees or agents shall not be liable for the accuracy of this information or any actions taken based on the information contained in this Web site.