The Michigan Department of Transportation traffic cameras in Southwest Michigan, touted heavily as a resource for motorists on the MDOT MI Drive website and mobile app, have not been functioning for several months. MDOT spokesperson Nick Schirripa tells WBCK there is no estimated date when the cameras may come back on line.

"There was a security patch issue statewide for all those cameras," Schirripa said. "Those few cameras [in Southwest Michigan] were disabled by that security patch."

The cameras affected include the I-94 at US-131 camera to the west, all the way east including the camera at I-94 and 11 Mile Road in Calhoun County. The camera at I-94 and I-69 remains functional, as do cameras along the US-131 stretch in Kalamazoo County.

The cameras have been promoted by MDOT as a resource for motorists to see what road conditions may be like before venturing out. When working, the cameras can be useful in keeping traffic away when summer backups or winter conditions if motorists check them before they leave. The disabled cameras include those which cover a stretch of I-94 near Galesburg where nearly 200 cars piled up in a snowstorm in January, 2015.

Schirripa said MDOT does not have a target date for when the cameras will be back on line, suggesting it is possible the cameras may have to be replaced.

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