ADOT News Release, March 26, 2015
As planning for the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor advances, Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski today expressed appreciation for the efforts of U.S. Senator John McCain and U.S. Senator Jeff Flake for their work to introduce the Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015 to Congress.
The bill formally extends Interstate 11 from Wickenburg south through the Tucson area to Nogales, Arizona. Interstate 11 had previously received a congressional designation from Phoenix to Las Vegas. The Intermountain West Corridor Development Act would not only formally designate I-11 across Arizona from border to border by establishing a new international trade corridor, but would also extend the interstate north through Nevada as well, with plans to ultimately connect with existing high-priority corridors to the Canadian border.
For more details, see the complete news release.
As reported by CBS News, the Wi-Fi Innovation Act being proposed in Congress has the potential to interfere with the rapidly growing field of V2V communication and the safety benefits such technology can provide.
ADOT News Release, March 10, 2015 – The Valley’s Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, proposed by regional planners since the 1980s, has received final approval from the Federal Highway Administration, paving the way for the Arizona Department of Transportation to move the project forward.
The Record of Decision, signed March 5 by the Federal Highway Administration, grants the final approval necessary for ADOT to begin the process of acquiring right of way, complete the design and begin construction of the 22-mile-long freeway to serve the metro Phoenix region.
Full details, including a 3D Fly-Through Video, are available on the project’s ADOT website.
Saturday, March 21st – Social Event – Spring Training Baseball Game
ITS Arizona members are invited to bring friends and family to watch the White Sox take on the Royals at Camelback Ranch in Glendale at 1:05pm on March 21, 2015. Tickets will be provided at no cost for each member and up to 3 guests; additional tickets are available for purchase from the Camelback Ranch ticket office. Note that children 2 and under are free ‘on the lap’ with a paid adult.
Each ticket is for lawn seating and also includes $10 in Camelback Cash, which can be used to purchase food and beverages. Facility policies and information are available here.
Thursday, April 23rd – Joint ITS Arizona/AZITE Luncheon
Timothy Hall, Market Development Director for Global Traffic Technologies, will speak about the “Evolution of the Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) and Transit Signal Priority (TSP) Systems“, including leading edge developments that leverage existing and future technologies. Meeting registration information will be emailed to all ITS Arizona members in the next few weeks.
The first ITS Arizona Technical Workshop of 2015 was a big success, with over 60 members in attendance at the Mesa Transportation Training Room on January 29th as Scott Evans, VP of Engineering for Eberle Design, Inc. gave an introduction to the Advanced Transportation Controller Cabinet (ATCC). If you weren’t able to attend or just want to review the presentation again, it is available for download, along with a gallery of photos from the workshop. Keep an eye out for the next Technical Workshop in April, which will be a joint meeting with Arizona ITE.