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Rubberized highways, roofing cool urban heat islands in Az

Pavement originally built for durability and noise reduction can curb rising temperatures from urban heat islands – meaning the ribbons of freeways threading the Valley may lessen the effect of climate change, according to a new report.... Read more»

Phoenix freeways getting a better sensor of traffic congestion ahead

The Arizona Department of Transportation is installing pavement sensors that will allow the transportation agency to more accurately track traffic flow on Phoenix-area freeways. ... Read more»

Arizona gets high marks in nat'l ranking for condition of bridges

Arizona bridges are among the most structurally sound in the nation, according to a recent national ranking that said just 2.6 percent of the state’s 8,154 bridges were structurally deficient in 2016.... Read more»

Az roads, bridges in good shape, but budget cuts worry some

Arizona has some of the safest roads and bridges in the nation, according to a new analysis of Federal Highway Administration data, but experts worry that recent budget cuts could threaten state roads in the future.... Read more»

Most Az bridges rated sound – but so were Washington’s

Arizona tied for third-best in the nation for the structural soundness of its bridges in 2011, with just 3 percent of bridges deemed structurally deficient, compared to to 11.5 percent nationwide. The report by Transportation for America praised Arizona’s proactive maintenance on its bridges. But the same group also gave high ratings for bridge soundness to Washington state, where a bridge collapsed into the Skagit River after being hit by a truck last week.... Read more»

ADOT camera upgrade provides faster online traffic views

An upgrade to the 200-plus highway traffic cameras in the Valley and Tucson allows drivers to track real-time traffic conditions and avoid congestion. "The still camera images update every 10 seconds instead of every 5 minutes, so commuters can have up-to-date images of freeway conditions before they head out to the car."... Read more»

Officials urge licenses, training to reduce motorcycle deaths

Saying that increased traffic congestion and a lack of training can be a deadly combination for motorcyclists, state officials are urging riders to get instruction and required licenses before taking to the roads.... Read more»