Mesa company to install wrong-way cameras on I-17 by November

The State Transportation Board has approved a $1.8 million dollar bid to start installing the nation's first thermal camera system to detect wrong-way vehicles on I-17.

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona State Transportation Board has awarded a contract on a project that aims to curb wrong-way driving that has resulted in fatal wrecks on Phoenix-area freeways.

The board's unanimous vote Friday awards the contract Contractors West, Inc., a Mesa-based company that specializes in highway electrical and sign work.

State officials expect the thermal cameras used to detect wrong-way vehicles on Interstate 17 in Phoenix will be installed by the end of November.

Contractors West's bid was about $1.9 million. That's 6.6 percent higher than the state's estimate but well within the project budget of $3.7 million.

State officials hope the state's purchase of most of the equipment that will be used for the project will expedite its completion.

MAY 2017: Wrong-way suspect arrested after causing 5 crashes on US 60

JUNE 2017: 26-year-old wrong-way driver dead after colliding with truck

JUNE 2017: DPS identifies 1 driver killed in wrong-way State Route 51 crash

JUNE 2017: Ducey: Time for Arizona to 'more seriously address' wrong-way driving

JULY 2017: I-17 reopens 5 hours after fatal wrong-way crash near Black Canyon City

JULY 2017: Wrong-way driver dies in crash on Loop 101 in Scottsdale

© 2017 Associated Press


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