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Some TDOT traffic cameras in the dark during upgrades

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Photo: Dan Henry/Times Free Press - Bob Van Horn speaks about the new upgrade from an analog to a digital traffic camera system. Photo: Dan Henry/Times Free Press - Bob Van Horn speaks about the new upgrade from an analog to a digital traffic camera system.

CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - The high-tech SmartWay camera system that gives motorists real-time traffic information is getting a huge overhaul in Hamilton County.

But motorists will have to endure scattered outages in the 63-camera system before benefiting from the second phase of a $21 million upgrade.

Things won't be back to normal until fall, said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn.

Last week, more than one-third of the SmartWay cameras that let motorists see live views of the highways on their computers weren't functioning.

"It's kind of a bummer," said Antonio Salter, of Antioch, Tenn., who commutes through Chattanooga twice a week. "If the traffic is backed up, I can get around it by looking on my iPhone. But now it's really hit and miss."

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