By Nicole Moon, Special to Independent Newsmedia
Drivers along Bell Road between 98th and 73rd avenues can expect intermittent lane restrictions beginning Wednesday, July 26.
Crews will begin installing adaptive traffic signal equipment on all traffic signals in the area. Work will be done during off-peak travel hours. Drivers are asked to obey traffic control devices and plan ahead for traffic delays.
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation is coordinating the Adaptive Traffic Signal Project in partnership with the cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale and Surprise, as well as the Arizona Department of Transportation. The project will upgrade more than 50 traffic signals across the Bell Road corridor from Scottsdale to Surprise and is one of the longest adaptive signal projects in the nation.
MCDOT officials will send press releases when new sections will be renovated, or drivers can follow the progress on the MCDOT website.
Adaptive signal technology automatically adjusts the timing of red and green lights at intersections to accommodate for changing traffic patterns. The technology does this by receiving and processing data from strategically placed sensors, which allow the adaptive signal technology to determine the timing of traffic signals to improve traffic flow and reduce delays.
Editor’s Note: Ms. Moon is a communications branch manager for MCDOT.