BY SARAH GREGORY
Cameras placed on top of new traffic controls installed on U.S. 11E at the intersections with North Main Street and the Kingsport Highway (Tenn. Rt. 93) may have some motorists alarmed, but drivers can be assured: there are no speed-related or "red light" monitoring cameras in Greeneville.
Town of Greeneville Public Relations Specialist Amy Rose confirmed Tuesday that there are no speed-monitoring or traffic light cameras at any intersection in the town.
Rose also confirmed that placing such cameras would require official action by the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
In 2011, the board considered entering into a contract that would allow speed cameras to be placed along U.S. 11E.
After hearing considerable opposition to the cameras, however, the board decided against the measure.
Mark Nagi, who handles community relations for the Tennessee Department of Transportation in this region, confirmed that the cameras placed high above the new traffic controls are not, in any way, used to monitor traffic violations.
Nagi said the cameras are used to detect traffic on the side streets -- N. Main Street and the Kingsport Highway -- so the lights will change to allow that traffic to flow through.
In the past, devices have been installed in the pavement to detect traffic waiting for a signal to change.
"By having the cameras on the poles and not having loops installed in the pavement, this means less maintenance is required," Nagi said.
"The cameras are not there to monitor speeding or traffic light violations." he said.