View from the new Nelson traffic camera installed by Drive BC.

New traffic camera installed in Nelson

Drivers can use camera to check road conditions, particularly during winter months.

A new DriveBC traffic webcam installed on Highway 6 in Nelson will come in handy this winter when drivers want to check local road conditions.

Or perhaps for parents to watch for their teens hitchhiking to Whitewater on powder days while they’re stuck at work.

The camera points south on Highway 6 near the Rosemont/Uphill interchange, and includes a view of the parking lot commonly used by youth hitchhiking to the ski hill.

A live stream of from the camera went up on the DriveBC website Friday, along with new views from two other Kootenay cameras in Creston and Trail.

Cameras were also added to the Balfour and Kootenay Bay ferry terminals earlier this spring.

This year the ministry of transportation is adding 30 new traffic cameras to highway routes prone to extreme weather or traffic congestion, and areas not previously serviced by a traffic cam.

Since it started streaming webcams in 2009, DriveBC has become the government of BC’s most popular website with 2.9 million visits per month.

There are currently about 250 DriveBC webcams watching highways in the province.

To see the Nelson webcam, visit drivebc.com/#webcams and look under the BC Interior tab.

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