The Oak Ridge City Council on Monday will consider extending a controversial traffic camera contract for two years, or ending it.
The Council postponed a vote earlier this month. It will now be considered during a special 7 p.m. meeting on Monday.
The current five-year contract with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. of Arizona expires April 21. If it’s not extended, the city staff has asked Council to consider installing a traffic signal in front of the Oak Ridge High School on Oak Ridge Turnpike.
The high school stoplight would have to be approved by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. It could cost $150,000 to $200,000 and take nine months to install.
Before postponing the traffic camera vote earlier this month, the City Council agreed to consider some changes to the contract, including new camera locations, a renegotiation of the revenue split between the city and Redflex, and discussion of mobile units.
Under changes to state law, a city-funded traffic study will have to be performed before new camera locations can be considered.
There are four traffic camera systems in Oak Ridge now. Two issue $50 citations to drivers who speed or run red lights. They are installed at Oak Ridge Turnpike and Lafayette Drive/New York Avenue, and Robertsville Road and North Illinois Avenue.
The other two systems issue citations only for speeding. They are installed in front of Oak Ridge High School on Oak Ridge Turnpike, and on Robertsville Road near Willow Brook Elementary School and Robertsville Middle School.
The Monday night special meeting is in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Courtroom.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
See the special meeting agenda here. The agenda packet also includes information on the camera program’s proceeds and expenditures.