Arizona Transportation Board To Award Grant For System To Stop Wrong-Way Drivers

By Kathy Ritchie
Published: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 5:05am
Updated: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 12:52pm

The Arizona State Transportation Board has scheduled a special meeting Friday to award a grant to one of three bidders to work on a system that could help stop wrong-way drivers.

The board's decision will follow its approval last month of a $3.7 million plan to construct a thermal-detection system after Gov. Doug Ducey called for state agencies to combat the issue.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says the project will span a 15-mile stretch of Interstate 17.

The Wrong Way Driving Detection Pilot Project will use thermal-detection cameras to sense wrong-way vehicles and alert those drivers and others on the freeway with warning signs and advisories. The system will also notify authorities and highway patrol.

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