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Ask Mr. Answer Person: "What are those cameras on the Highway 9/Short Street intersection?"

Posted: Mon, Oct 7, 2013 9:25 AM

Mr. Answer Person's e-mail inbox has gotten crowded lately, with no less than half a dozen e-mails asking the same question: "What's with the cameras at the intersection of Highway 9 and Short Street?  Are these "red-light" cameras?  Is this the city's new fund-raising idea or are they there for another purpose?"

Mr. Answer Person says, "It's important to state that Mr. Answer Person does not engage in exceeding the speed limit, nor in ignoring red lights.  So even if the new cameras were traffic enforcement cameras, Mr. Answer Person would not be affected (he hopes!)

But these are not an attempt by the City of Decorah to make some money!  In fact, since HIghway 9 is an Iowa highway, it's not even the City of Decorah that has jurisdiction over the intersection.

Mr. Answer Person previously answered a similar question when identical cameras were installed at the Highway 9 and Old Stage Road intersection.  (  Mr. A.P.'s answer then--and his answer now--is that these cameras take the place of pavement sensors at the intersection and are used to make traffic flow more smoothly.

So wave to the cameras as you drive by!  And don't worry about getting an unpleasant surprise in your mailbox.

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