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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