GARDEN GROVE — A new $3.5 million traffic center that monitors intersections and other spots throughout the city using closed-circuit cameras debuts Tuesday, and the public is invited to check it out in an open house until 5:30 p.m.
The Traffic Management Center features a new fiber-optic based system that controls 37 closed-circuit cameras located at major street intersections and points of interest in the city.
“It employs cutting-edge software to monitor interconnected traffic signals in real time,” according to the city’s website.
The new traffic monitoring camera system replaces a 12-camera, analog system “that brought distinction and modern innovation to Garden Grove in the early 2000s,” officials wrote on the city’s website.
The center is the second of a two-phase project funded by a $6 million grant.
Located in the engineering section of the first-floor City Hall lobby, 11222 Acacia Parkway, the center is visible to the public through a wide glass opening.
It will be dedicated and named after the city’s former traffic engineer, George L. Allen, who was considered the driving force behind the original Traffic Management Center.