- Cameras the Arizona Department of Transportation uses to monitor State Route 347 traffic between the city of Maricopa and Interstate 10 now allow drivers to view conditions themselves via www.az511.gov.
Nine high-definition cameras mounted on traffic signals are available through the Arizona Traveler Information site, showing intersections such as Riggs and Casa Blanca roads and extending as far south as Farrell Road.
"ADOT is always looking to improve traffic flow and safety," ADOT traffic engineer Mark Poppe said. "Giving everyone access to the Maricopa cameras allows motorists to see traffic along SR 347 firsthand and make more-informed travel decisions."
In 2016, ADOT installed a wireless communication system that monitors conditions on SR 347 and allows technicians in Phoenix to adjust signal timing accordingly. The system includes a series of infrared and video cameras, and the latter are now available to the public online.
Besides showing road conditions, traffic cameras are used to quickly spot crashes, allowing first responders to respond faster and allocate appropriate resources. By doing this, secondary crashes are reduced, along with traffic congestion.
ADOT maintains more than 300 traffic cameras across the state and continues adding them to az511.gov. In addition to the SR 347 cameras, the Arizona Traveler Information site recently added views from new cameras along the Loop 202 Santan Freeway in Chandler and Gilbert.