BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – Ward County Commissioners have discussed installing sensors on some highways for now, citing concerns about cost.
County Engineer Dana Larsen proposed deploying four or five solar weather system sensors in Ward County.
The sensors upload images of road conditions every 20 minutes or so during storms.
“There’s a certain cost to it, and it’s something new, so we didn’t want to be too aggressive with it. The reason I kept it to four or five is because we didn’t want to feel like we were part of the city. we make an exception,” said Larsen.
Larsen said the information sent from pedestrian sensors can be used to save drivers from unnecessary trips if roads are impassable.
He says four units around town cost $30,000 for three years. Maintenance, weather forecast and mobile connection are included in the price.
Some commissions expressed concern about costs.
“I’ve even seen what’s been there before, and I think it’s very valuable, but we’re still talking a little bit for that convenience of money,” Jim Rostad said.
The commissioners voted against the sensors, but asked Larsen to study alternatives.
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