Thursday, April 7, 2011

Residents Encouraged to Follow Progress During the Paving Season

Residents can now more easily stay informed of the City of Durham’s efforts to smooth out the worst streets as well as traffic conditions in Durham through several online and on-air communities.

The City is now using Twitter,, to provide real-time updates on street closures, repaving, relevant public meetings, and other relevant tweets pertaining to city streets. The @DurhamStreets Twitter account will be a source of up-to-date information from the City, with relevant content for residents, businesses, news media, and other individuals interested in the latest updates on the City’s repaving progress.

In addition to Twitter, the City offers live feeds from 16 of Durham’s traffic cameras, now airing every Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The live footage broadcasts simultaneously on DTV8, the City’s government television station on Time Warner Cable channel 8, and on the City’s website at by selecting “Watch the DTV8 Live Stream” menu option.

According to Beverly B. Thompson, director of the City’s Office of Public Affairs, the City is offering additional live traffic camera footage on both DTV8 and the website to keep Durham motorists informed about the traffic conditions on state-maintained roads that will be affected by North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) road improvements. “We are using these additional communication channels to keep residents informed about what’s going on in the city and the progress being made as we smooth out our streets and continue to make Durham a great place to live, work, and play,” Thompson said.

The traffic cameras are shown on a rotating basis during the morning and afternoon time blocks as follows:
·         U.S. Hwy. 15-501 & Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy.
·         N.C. Hwy. 147 & Mangum St.
·         U.S. Hwy. 70 & Miami Blvd./Mineral Springs Rd.
·         N.C. Hwy. 54 & N.C. Hwy. 751/Garrett Rd.
·         I-85 & Roxboro St.
·         I-85 & Guess Rd.
·         Roxboro Rd. & Latta Rd./Infinity Rd.
·         U.S. Hwy. 15-501 & Hillsborough Rd.
·         I-40 & U.S. Hwy. 15-501
·         I-40 & N.C. Hwy. 54
·         I-40 & Fayetteville Rd.
·         I-40 & N.C. Hwy. 55
·         I-40 & Miami Blvd.
·         I-40 & I-540
·         N.C. Hwy. 147 & Ellis Rd.
·         N.C. Hwy. 147

This live traffic camera feed is being provided courtesy of the NCDOT and the City’s Transportation Department.

There are also several other divisions within the City that are currently tweeting. Residents can also follow DTV8 at and the City’s Purchasing Division in the Finance Department at

Additional information about the City’s repaving plans is available on the City’s website at

For more information about DTV8, including on-demand access to the City’s other television programming and the DTV8 schedule, visit or call the City’s Office of Public Affairs at (919) 560-4123.

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