New MnDOT traffic cameras activated on Highway 14 west of Rochester to Byron

(ABC 6 News) – Four new traffic cameras have been installed on Highway 14 west of Rochester, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The cameras are located between Rochester and Byron at 7th Street, Olmsted County Roads 44 and 3, and at 10th Avenue.

Minnesota Department of Transportation

There are more than 120 cameras on state highways in southeast Minnesota.

The cameras show video on of traffic conditions on Highway 14 and give MnDOT a tool for addressing future transportation needs.

“We think the cameras provide users with a greater understanding of what’s happening on their roads,” said Michael Schweyen, district traffic engineer for MnDOT District 6 based in Rochester. “The fiber optic network that MnDOT has invested in will provide fast and reliable data, such as video, in order for motorists and trip planners to be more fully informed and to have a safer trip. Providing real time information can be helpful as people assess travel conditions such as in the winter or with other weather events.”

The cameras were part of a $621,333 project to install fiber optic cable to connect with cameras and digital message signs. The work was completed earlier this summer.

The camera footage can be utilized by people who view MnDOT’s traffic and road conditions map at or the free mobile app.

The cameras are also used by dispatchers and traffic management during traffic crashes to assist public safety and first responders.

The cameras are also among a set of tools that MnDOT can use to analyze traffic patterns for future projects or if there are traffic concerns to be reviewed.