Traffic cameras and messaging signs coming to stretches of Highway 165 in Monroe

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) Cameras are coming to parts of Highway 165 in Monroe.

It's part of the Monroe "Intelligent Transportation System" or ITS Project's Phase Two to monitor the road.

Metal foundations have been placed along the highway as a sign of the project's initial phase.

"The foundations for what would be for future traffic cameras along this corridor, so those are going to be drilled into the ground," said Erin Buchanan with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Six traffic cameras and two messaging signs will be placed along Highway 165 from Finks Hideaway to Richwood Road #1.

"There 30,000 vehicles a day so that gives you an idea of how heavily trafficked this corridor is. It also shows you the need for this kind of project," said Buchanan.

Phase One added traffic cameras along I-20.

Buchanan says, "It's a great tool to have in an area, especially a heavily traveled corridor like U.S.165 here in Monroe."

The cameras will also ensure DOTD's Traffic Management Center can keep close eyes on changing situations.

"They're looking for any irregularities in traffic patterns looking for congestion as a result; a crash, congestion in a construction zone, a motorist that's stalled on the side of the road and may need assistance, law enforcement, or motor assistance patrol," said Buchanan.

It's also something drivers say is needed.

Patty Steward who drives 165 often says,"I hope it makes it a little safer, because this time of the year, it's even worse."

The estimated cost for phase two is nearly $2 million dollars, a combination of both federal and state money.

The project should be done sometime this spring.