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Traffic cameras observe, speed up traffic

WEST DES MOINES (AP) — New traffic cameras are helping move Iowa commuters through the Des Moines area.

Nearly 50 state-of-the-art cameras along West Des Moines roads have reduced traffic. The city plans to add more 18 more cameras on a heavily traveled corridor next year.

A West Des Moines traffic engineer says travel speeds have increased, while delays and stops have decreased. He also says it seems there have been less crashes.

Studies showed travel time has been reduced by 24 percent.

The cameras are located at major intersections throughout the city. They observe the flow of vehicle and change traffic lights when backups are detected.

Des Moines and other cities in Iowa also plan to add their own cameras soon.

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