Twenty-one closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) have been installed at signalized intersections around town. The cameras are focused to observe the immediate approach to an intersection in all four directions and in some cases up to 150 feet further up the road.
Access to camera use is strictly limited to Traffic Engineering staff in a public area within the City’s Traffic Operations Center. What is observed by each camera is what is currently viewable by the public in their day to day activities but focused on traffic within the intersections. The live cameras are for traffic purposes and do not record any action or peer into private spaces.
The purpose of the cameras is to allow Traffic Engineering staff to monitor traffic patterns, vehicle movement, traffic progression and/or delay, all in the effort to keep traffic moving.
The cost per camera (labor & material) is about $9,500. Funds to install the cameras comes from an OC Transportation Authority grant for Regional Traffic Signal Synchronization Project improvements. OCTA pays 80% of the costs for these projects with various participating cities, and the County and Caltrans pays the remainder so the cameras cost the City of Fullerton about $1,900 each.
The City Council approved the most recent agreement for the Harbor Blvd. cameras at the Nov. 20, 2018 meeting. The projects are included in the city’s Capital Improvement Program approved by the council each year. The first cameras were installed in 2015/16.
Cameras are installed at the following intersections: Bastanchury & Brea; Chapman & Lemon; Chapman & Placentia; Chapman & St. College; Commonwealth & Lemon; Euclid & Bastanchury; Euclid & Malvern; Euclid & Orangethorpe; Gilbert & Malvern; Harbor & Bastanchury; Harbor & Brea -Valley View; Harbor & Chapman; Nutwood & Folino; Orangethorpe & Lemon; Rosecrans & Gilbert; St. College & Bastanchury; St. College & Commonwealth; St. College & Yorba Linda; Bastanchury & Malvern; Chapman & Raymond; and Chapman & Berkeley.
Thanks to Fullerton City Traffic Engineer and Analyst Dave Langstaff for the information posted here.