Drivers to get break from 2 speed cameras
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 28, 2007 06:08 PM
SCOTTSDALE - Two speed-enforcement cameras on the Loop 101 will shut down at midnight Saturday, and it could take more than two weeks for their replacements to start snapping speeders again.
The gap will happen when Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. turns off its cameras and new vendor American Traffic Solutions Inc. begins construction and installation of its cameras.
The change is part of a transition to Scottsdale's new vendor for its photo-enforcement system, and Scottsdale's deal with the Arizona Department of Public Safety to take over the freeway camera administration.
The first two cameras to go dark are located eastbound on Loop 101 at Scottsdale Road and westbound on Loop 101 at Hayden Road.
ATS just received permits from DPS, giving the company access to work in the roadway, ATS spokeswoman Ellen Pence said Thursday.
The company will begin working early next week on construction and installation of its cameras at the Scottsdale and Hayden sites, she said.
The work will take two to two-and-a-half weeks, Pence said. The job includes pouring foundations, running conduit, installing the cameras and testing the system, she said.
The transition does not necessarily mean speeders get a free pass through Scottsdale. Redflex will continue to operate its four remaining Loop 101 cameras during the month-long changeover.
"The main thing drivers need to remember is there will still be cameras on the freeway," said Scottsdale spokesman Pat Dodds.
Redflex is scheduled to turn off two more of its cameras July 10 and the final two July 20.
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