Information about the
TrafficWise RealTime
Traffic Website

How will this INDOT Web site help me with my travels in Indiana?

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, the location and severity of reported crashes, work zones, and other incidents that are being monitored by the INDOT Traffic Management Centers (TMC), and what is currently being displayed on Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) and Travel Time Signs (TTS). 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 throughout the Interstate Highway System in Indiana. 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.

Why does the Web site only show camera images (snapshots) instead of streaming video?

The bandwidth requirements of streaming video are great and too costly to provide. 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. The site is automatically updated approximately every two minutes, but can be manually refreshed more frequently by clicking on the “Refresh” button.

What do the map icons indicate?

The map is zoomable to various levels to illustrate the current travel conditions, by using the “+” or “-” buttons in the legend, as well as by clicking on the map or rolling the wheel on your mouse (if applicable). Some icons will not automatically display when the map is at a large scale, but can be manually displayed by clicking on the appropriate button in the legend. Once the map is zoomed in to the appropriate scale, all icons will display and will stay displayed after the site refreshes. The following icons and information are available:

Why are some camera icons a different color and have a number on top of them?

These camera sites have more than one camera associated with that geographical area. Click on the camera icon to see each camera icon in that area, then you may hover your mouse over the icon to see the camera image or click on the icon to see a larger camera image.

How do I select a specific area of the state to see real-time traffic conditions in that area?

To see real-time traffic conditions in a particular part of Indiana, click on the appropriate button in the “Select Region” portion of the legend. Options include a Statewide view, Northwest Indiana near Chicago, Central Indiana near Indianapolis, or Southern Indiana near Louisville.

How do I access travel and road conditions outside of the three large metro areas and on US-Signed Highways and State Roads?

Details about statewide travel and road conditions, as well as current and future restrictions on all INDOT- maintained roadways, may be found by clicking on the “INDOT Statewide Travel & Road Conditions Map” button in the top banner of the Web site.

Will I start getting speeding tickets in the mail because a camera caught me? Will system operators be able to use the cameras to see inside my car? Will tapes be kept for evidence?

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 video recordings would be overwhelming to manage.

How can I tell which direction a camera is facing?

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.

How current is the information on the Map?

Once the map is displayed, to update the information on the map manually, a refresh (F5) is required. However, the map will refresh automatically after approximately 3 minutes. Camera images are updated about every 2 minutes, Travel Times are updated every minute, Dynamic Message Signs and Incidents are updated within a minute upon detection and entered into the System by INDOT Personnel. If you are zoomed into an area on the map, the auto refresh will return to your preselected zoom level.

What does all that information at the bottom of the camera image mean?

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.

Are the Hoosier Helpers part of this TrafficWise program?

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 Traffic Management Centers 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 157 miles of busier portions of Indiana Interstates in Central Indiana near Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana near Chicago, and Southern Indiana near Louisville.

View this Web site Disclaimer.

DISCLAIMER - The material presented on this Web site cannot be guaranteed as to accuracy or timeliness. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) shall not be responsible for damages or injury caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, inaccuracy, completeness, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of this Web site. Additionally, there are no warranties as to the results obtained from the use of this Web site. INDOT shall not be responsible for errors, delays, interruptions, or omissions in the information or software or other documents, which are part of, referenced by, or linked to this Web site. 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.