Loop 101 speed cameras to be disabled
Construction to halt photo enforcement on Scottsdale portion

Lesley Wright
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 23, 2008 12:00 AM
Construction on Scottsdale's portion of Loop 101 will have a side benefit for motorists: disabled photo enforcement cameras.

Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell said the cameras will go dark from south to north as the project moves forward. The actual date remains "a moving target," he added.

DPS will take over the contract from Scottsdale once the cameras go dark when construction gets under way in mid-July. The city, which was expected to hand the cameras over this month, agreed Tuesday to keep them running until then.

DPS officials said the cameras will have to go off because it is too difficult to relay the lines as lanes are moved around. The project is expected to continue until the end of the year.

Rodbell warned, however, that DPS could well deploy radar vans during the time the camera is off.

In less fast-paced transportation news, the council also committed itself to building a bridge over the Arizona Canal that was designed by renowned architect Paolo Soleri.

The city will take funds from various departmental budgets to pitch in the $1.7 million still needed to build the $3.2 million bridge.

The nearly 90-year-old Soleri attended the council meeting and said he was gratified at the council's decision.

"I think this bridge could even be a money-maker if events are organized quite intensely," Soleri said.

Reach the reporter at lesley .wright@arizonarepublic.com.