MCDOT ‘Roadwork’ to Improve Anthem Traffic Signals

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Roadwork signs are up near the intersection of Daisy Mountain Drive and Gavilan Peak Parkway for a project expected to run June 15 to Aug. 16. The good news: No lane closures are expected, said Maricopa County Department of Transportation spokesperson Ron Coleman.

The work will be mostly in the median, Coleman explained. Crews will install fiber-optic cable to improve real-time monitoring of traffic at the intersection.

Close-circuit cameras at this intersection and three others in Anthem, along with road sensors, allow MCDOT’s Traffic Management Center to remotely monitor traffic conditions, then adjust signal timing, alert the public if needed, and deploy crews when needed for if something goes wrong.

The other main intersections already have fiber to support the system:

  • Anthem Way & Navigation Way
  • Anthem Way & Gavilan Peak Parkway
  • Anthem Way & Daisy Mountain Drive

The intersection at Daisy Mountain Drive and Gavilan Peak Parkway has cameras and road sensors but relies on radio signals to communicate.

“This fiber project will strengthen the communication network and make the communications network faster and more reliable,” Coleman said. It’s the last piece of the traffic-management communication infrastructure planned for Anthem, he said.

daisy mountain drive
Photos by In&Out Staff

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