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Charleston's Traffic Management Center brings in backup staff

The city's Traffic Management Center monitors realtime traffic across the city and the Lowcountry. (Source: Live 5) The city's Traffic Management Center monitors realtime traffic across the city and the Lowcountry. (Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The City of Charleston Traffic and Transportation Department is bringing in backup, as they try to alleviate the influx of extra congestion on our roadways.

As of Thursday, the City of Charleston’s Traffic Management Center always has two to three people working during peak traffic hours, along with a member of the Charleston Police Department.

The majority of the traffic crews are out on the streets responding not just to issues with the Wando Bridge closure but signal issues across the city.

The City of Charleston Traffic and Transportation Director Keith Benjamin said the goal is to always have this amount of manpower troubleshooting traffic management issues.

The Center has new screens and technology that give them a realtime look at congestion issues not only in the city but throughout the Lowcountry.

It gives traffic crews the capability to react and respond immediately. Crews are often able to fix transportation issues digitally with its new software.

The software project cost about $300,000 and  Benjamin said that, after a year, it’s in the final phase of setting up

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