Come join your fellow ITS Arizona members for a great night of baseball, food and fun!
Members are invited to bring a guest or two and help cheer on the Diamondbacks from the comfort of our reserved suite (D-Backs Suite #8) as they take on the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field at 6:40pm on Tuesday, July 25th. Tickets are $25 per person and availability is limited, so reserve yours today!
Chase Field policies and information are available here.
The AZTech Operations Committee, with the support of the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, the Arizona Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Intelligent Transportation Society of Arizona, is conducting a series of review sessions for the second edition of the Signal Timing Manual. The Signal Timing Manual is an invaluable reference for anyone involved with the design, operation and maintenance of traffic signals and has been expanded significantly since the original 2008 version.
The first session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19th, and will review Chapters 1-4, which cover the topics of Signal Timing Programs, Signal Timing Concepts and Signal Design. The instructor will be Douglas Gettman, ITS Technology Group Lead with Kimley-Horn & Associates, and one of the authors of the manual.
While this is a free event, registration is required. For more details, and to reserve a seat, register online.
On June 17th, ITS Arizona volunteers participated in another successful clean-up of our adopted segment of the Tempe Canal Path. Not surprisingly, it was getting a bit warm when we finished up this time, but we’d started early, had lots of cold water on hand and made quick work of it, collecting another very full cart of trash and assorted items. So far, we’re 3 for 3 on finding an abandoned shopping cart, which makes the return trip that much easier.
Thanks to all who attended the clean-up and we encourage everyone to join us when we return in September. It’ll be cooler, we promise!
Thank you to the City of Tempe for providing safety vests for all volunteers!
A $3.7 million project to construct a first-in-the-nation thermal detection system, which will detect wrong-way vehicles and alert the other drivers and law enforcement of them on Interstate 17, was recently approved by the State Transportation Board.
Construction of the thermal camera pilot system is expected to begin this fall on I-17 from I-10 to Loop 101. ADOT is exploring ways to begin construction even sooner. Full installation will take seven months, and the performance of this pilot will guide further expansion.
The system will take a three-phase approach when a wrong-way vehicle is detected: alerting wrong-way drivers so they can self-correct, warning right-way drivers and notifying law enforcement.
Once operational, the system will use thermal cameras, warning signs for wrong-way drivers and advisories for right-way drivers along a 15-mile stretch of I-17. In addition, the system will automatically focus highway cameras on the wrong-way vehicle and send automated alerts to the Highway Patrol, helping troopers intercept vehicles faster.
On freeway ramps, wrong-way vehicles will trigger alerts, including illuminated signs with flashing lights, aimed at getting drivers to stop. The system will immediately warn other drivers through overhead message boards as well as law enforcement. Cameras in the area will automatically turn to face the wrong-way vehicle so traffic operators can better track it. On the freeway, thermal cameras placed at one-mile intervals will signal when a wrong-way vehicle passes so State Troopers plan their response and get out in front of the wrong-way driver, providing a faster response.
More details are available in the full ADOT press release.
Make sure you have this year’s ITS Arizona Annual Conference on your calendar for September 27-28 at the Mesa Convention Center.
We would like to thank all of the sponsors and exhibitors who have already signed up for this year’s conference and encourage those who have not yet signed up to do so soon. Just a reminder that booth assignments will be made on a first-come first-served basis, with priority given to medal sponsors, so please consider upgrading your sponsorship level and your support of ITS Arizona. Contributions may also be made to the Student Sponsorship Fund to support registration for our student members.