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Diamond Bar to Spend $74K on New Traffic Cameras

The cameras help the city monitor traffic conditions around town, according to staffers.

The Diamond Bar City Council approved this week the purchase of ten closed circuit television cameras for the monitoring of traffic conditions and traffic signal operations.

The city council unanimously approved the $74,062.50 purchase at Tuesday's meeting.

The cameras are being funded through Prop C funds, according to a Dec. 13 city staff report recommending the purchase.  In total, the project will cost $117,662.50, including installation, with $115,000 coming from the appropriation of Prop C funds, the staff report stated.

Currently, the city has eight of these cameras up around town, which provide a real-time video feed to the city's traffic management center.

"Additional locations were proposed/selected because they are heavily traveled arterial intersections or locations that received significant school area traffic," the staff report says.

Eight of the ten cameras will be installed at the following locations (two will be used for spares) "... for continuous monitoring of traffic conditions and traffic signal operations.":

  • Diamond Bar Blvd and Mountain Laurel Way
  • Diamond Bar Blvd. and Sugar Pine
  • Diamond Bar Blvd and Sunset Crossing
  • Golden Springs Drive and Ballena Drive
  • Golden Springs Drive and Copley Drive
  • Golden Springs Drive and Sunset Crossing Road
  • Grand Avenue and Shotgun Lane
  • Pathfinder Road and BCY-Fern Hollow

A timeline for the purchase and installation wasn't immediately available. 

Michael December 21, 2012 at 05:50 PM
So DB plans to spy on its citizens! Just kidding, these cameras should help them with traffic flow, and they usually don't have the resolution to see people or license plates (the traditional ones). You only need to worry about the red-light-ticket camera in Walnut, but the voters in Walnut love them because they like getting $500 tickets in their mailbox.
Danny Mac December 21, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Well, doesnt matter, if i get a ticket, i aint fucking paying it. Kiss my ass Diamond Bar
Dave Zaccagnino December 21, 2012 at 08:44 PM
What a waste of money; the city will continue to stop 500 cars so that one or two cars can turn left or right onto Diamond Bar Blvd. I cannot believe how stupidly programmed the lights in this city are; they (the stupidly programmed lights) are the reason we have such a traffic situation. If somebody who had half a brain would properly program the lights (especially on Diamond Bar Blvd) the traffic could actually move along at the speed limit instead of dozens/hundreds/thousands of cars being stopped so one or two cars (or one pedestrian) can cross traffic.
Vito Spago December 21, 2012 at 09:04 PM
These are easy to shoot out with BB guns late at night.
Michael December 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Well, it's hard for me to defend how government spends money, but these cameras will probably help a lot by feeding into a "TMC" (traffic monitoring center) where an over-paid city employee with a big pension will see the jams ups and turn the light green to free things up. Also, I imagine they will monitor for accidents.

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