Many wondered what the cameras on US 59 at SH 242 were all about. This afternoon TXDOT advises that it is a contractor for the state that is monitoring traffic and traffic patterns. Unlike the old hoses across the road to measure the number of tires crossing this is completely different.
With the system being used today not just traffic counts and volume can be measured but also types of vehicles whether commercial or private vehicles. The monitoring took place all day over northbound and southbound lanes. The contractor parked on the SH 242 overpass and set three cameras for each direction. One for each lane. Those cameras were connected to computers in the rear of the truck.