Speed cameras will be used on Loop 303

by Lisa Halverstadt - Jan. 17, 2009 08:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
Motorists who use Loop 303 may soon have reason to check their speed.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety will soon deploy mobile cameras on the Surprise-area state route near Cactus and Bell roads, spokesman Bart Graves said.
The manned speed cameras will cite anyone driving 11 miles per hour over the speed limit.
"We've seen a high number of serious injuries and fatal collisions on the Loop 303 in that area," Graves said. "Mobile photo enforcement cameras slow people down, which in turn reduces the potential for collisions."
Drivers will see a mobile unit parked in the area almost daily, he said.
DPS would not release the dates, times or locations where the cameras could be stationed but Graves said the cameras move every six to eight hours.
DPS has stationed 60 stationary cameras along highways in the Phoenix metro area and 42 mobile cameras across the state, Graves said.
West Valley drivers can encounter speed cameras on Loop 101, Interstate 10 and I-17.
The cameras are less prevalent in the East Valley, forcing motorists to slow down at three permanent locations on U.S. 60.
DPS has not yet made plans to install permanent cameras along Loop 303 once it is converted into a six-lane freeway, Graves said. Arizona Department of Transportation officials hope to complete the project by 2012.
This summer, ADOT expects to begin interchange work at Cactus, Bell and Waddell roads, spokesman Doug Nintzel said.
Meanwhile, construction of a divided four-lane section of Loop 303 between Happy Valley Parkway and Interstate 17 will begin this month.