Taking Action: New cameras on South Parkway give closer look at traffic conditions and construction progress

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Traffic along South Memorial Parkway has been a thorn in the side of most drivers for the last several months, and it won't be ending any time soon. However, we have a tool to help you out.

WHNT News 19 has a new addition to our Jack's Camera Network, located on South Memorial Parkway by Rosie's. There are two cameras: one pointing north, the other south.

One camera faces north from Byrd Spring Road and the other looks south. (WHNT News 19/Jack's Camera Network)

One camera looks north from Memorial Parkway & Byrd Spring Road and the other looks south. (WHNT News 19/Jack's Camera Network)

WHNT News 19 partnered with the City of Huntsville and the South Huntsville Business Association to bring you this tool that serves more than one purpose.

The road construction is expected to take up to three and a half years, and will cost $50 million to add the three new bridges and two access roads along the Parkway.

"Certainly a project of this size is going to present some challenges for everybody," said Jennie Robinson, District 3 Councilwoman.

She wants to remind everyone to not let the orange cones fool you; businesses are definitely open along South Memorial Parkway. "The driveways are clear, access is available even during some of the more difficult times of construction as the utilities are being pulled up, they're open for business."

Robinson came to WHNT News 19 and asked us to put up cameras to help provide a service for you. "It's a $50 million project and we need to give tax payers and opportunity to monitor that project" said Robinson.

Not to mention, to be able to look at the road conditions so you can adjust your commute, whether you're from here or a surrounding county. "At the busy times there's a four to eight minute increase in their travel time.  These cameras are going to show that traffic is moving, these business are thriving," said Michelle Omenski of the South Huntsville Business Association.

Here's our Jack's Camera Network - bookmark the page for future use.  You can check it in the morning before you head to work and then again before you leave the office to head home.

Our traffic cameras update with still images every 60 seconds to show you current traffic conditions.