Traffic cameras going up

B.C. highways get 30 new traffic cameras, including one at the French Creek bridge on Highway 19.

A new traffic camera installed at the French Creek bridge on Highway 19 is expected online this week.

A new traffic camera installed at the French Creek bridge on Highway 19 is expected online this week.

The Ministry of Transportation is installing 30 new traffic cameras on B.C. highways, including one at the French Creek bridge on Highway 19 reports Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon.

The camera was installed on a pole at the southeast end of the bridge, complete with solar panels, a couple weeks ago and the image is expected online at DriveBC.ca this week.

“This is really a good thing,” Cantelon said, boasting they will have 250 webcams on B.C. highways.

He said while weather doesn’t interrupt as many trips on Vancouver Island as some other parts of the province, it is still useful for people travelling longer distances to be able to see the traffic and weather conditions.

He pointed out that, currently, the nearest in the province’s extensive network of cameras are in Nanaimo and at the Cook Creek exit by Deep Bay.