Wouldn't it be nice to know what the traffic on the roads is like before ever stepping out the door on your way to work? Now it's possible for folks traveling on US Highway 278 in the South Carolina Low Country. Cameras are set up all along 278, and now all you have to do is go online, make a few clicks, and you can see what's going on.
It's a new feature of Beaufort County's Intelligent Traffic System. "They can go to the website themselves and see what's going on and get an idea," explained William Winn, Beaufort County's EMA director. "'Well, do I want to get in line or do I want to wait for a little while?'"
The 278 traffic system is made up of 17 cameras placed throughout the highway from exit 8 on Interstate 95 to Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head Island to the Cross Island. The Beaufort County Traffic Management Center has been using this system on Highway 170 for a couple of years. But now, anyone with a computer can do the same on 170 or 278.
Not only on this website can you see what's going on on the highway, but you can get updated information on detours and delays. And in many cases, it can help get motorists the assistance they need with quicker response time.
"Our ultimate goal is to make traffic move and make traffic safer, whether it be through enforcement with the sheriff's department or assisting motorists with incident response vehicles or getting the proper emergency equipment to the scene in a life-threatening incident," said Winn.