DOT Traffic Center’s Mission to Keep Gridlock at Bay

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Iowa DOT Traffic Management Center in Ankeny. (WHO-HD)
Iowa DOT Traffic Management Center in Ankeny. (WHO-HD)

ANKENY, Iowa — As summer traffic and construction season get into full swing, there’s an office in Ankeny keeping us all moving freely.

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Traffic Management Center watches over Iowa’s roadways with over 350 cameras. They control most of the information that goes out to 511 as well.

In addition to that, they coordinate with law enforcement and even change the traffic signs we see along the road.

But maybe the most important thing they do is reroute traffic when there is a crash.

“If we can see a situation and inform law enforcement or our Highway Helper and alleviate the situation before it causes a crash then we`ve done our job in the center.  We do not want to see secondary crashes or crashes. We are constantly monitoring cameras, looking for situations that we can alleviate,” says Bonnie Castillo with the Iowa DOT.

The center has no off days. They run 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, even on holidays.

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