Technology forges the road for Scottsdale traffic as population growth appears imminent

The city of Scottsdale has over 300 traffic signals, monitored by a small group of staff. (photo by Melislsa Fittro/Scottsdale Independent)

By Melissa Fittro | Scottsdale Independent

Behind the hustle and bustle of Scottsdale’s 311 traffic signals are fewer than 20 people making sure drivers see those green, yellow and red lights.

The Traffic Management Center, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive, can shift its focus on any area of Scottsdale at a moment’s notice and the control room’s floor-to-ceiling-wall of screens serves as the epicenter of traffic flow within city limits.

Said to be the “brain” behind the intelligent transportation system — or the cameras perched upon traffic lights — the high-tech organization’s goals include reducing traffic congestion, improving driver information and managing incidents that impact a motorist as they traverse along local thoroughfares.

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