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Roadwarriors79

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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #175 on: October 09, 2017, 05:00:35 PM »

As of today most of the ramps at the I-10/Loop 303 interchange are open. The 303 itself is now open to south of Van Buren St. Extension south of the new end won't get started for at least two years.

https://www.azdot.gov/media/News/news-release/2017/10/09/adot-opens-three-new-ramp-connections-at-i-10-loop-303-interchange-in-goodyear
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #176 on: October 12, 2017, 04:34:22 PM »

All the ramps at the I-10/Loop 303 interchange are open.

Some Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway) updates. Sound wall construction looks to have started on the Pecos segment, from 48th St going west. Some blasting continues west of 24th St.

Around 59th Ave, more bridges have started between Lower Buckeye Rd and I-10. At the future I-10 interchange, it looks like the ramp that will probably get finished first will be the NB 202 to WB 10.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #177 on: January 04, 2018, 07:53:19 PM »

So today I noticed a new sign on SB I-17 just north of Loop 303. It basically said "South 303 to West I-10 - Phoenix Bypass Route". I'm wondering if a companion sign is on EB I-10 approaching Loop 303.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #178 on: January 09, 2018, 05:57:18 PM »

So today I noticed a new sign on SB I-17 just north of Loop 303. It basically said "South 303 to West I-10 - Phoenix Bypass Route". I'm wondering if a companion sign is on EB I-10 approaching Loop 303.

Yeah, I have noticed that before too on I-17.  I drove I-10 EB approaching the 303 a few weeks ago and did not see that.  I don't know if that's because it would confuse EB drivers with the fact that there has been a sign saying Phoenix bypass route for years referencing AZ 85 south through Gila Bend.

I know that northern Arizona gets a lot of California tourists now, and they would be driving south on I-17 to I-10, so maybe that's directed towards them?
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #179 on: January 09, 2018, 07:06:26 PM »

For those that are curious, there is a bypass sign on EB I-10 suggesting using Loop 303 to access I-17 NB.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #180 on: January 16, 2018, 12:25:33 AM »

These are good signs to have.  Even better would be if the signs leading to 303 would have control cities of Los Angeles or Flagstaff.  Many beltways, especially in the midwest, have control cities that lead to other radial routes to enforce the use of a beltway as a bypass.

The signs to AZ 85 on I-10 EB should then mention Tucson as well as Gila Bend.

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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #181 on: January 26, 2018, 02:07:03 PM »

Question about the South Mountain freeway, and maybe it's too early to ask, but are they planning on opening the whole thing all at once, or certain segments at a time? Mostly curious.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #182 on: January 30, 2018, 06:22:50 PM »

Question about the South Mountain freeway, and maybe it's too early to ask, but are they planning on opening the whole thing all at once, or certain segments at a time? Mostly curious.

The freeway may unofficially open in sections. The “center section” that will go through South Mountain Park will probably be the last section to be completed. I’m sure some segments will be in use to construct other portions. For example, what will replace Pecos Rd will probably be at least partially open as it’s completed.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #183 on: January 31, 2018, 01:49:29 AM »

Some visual progress of the Pecos section of the South Mountain Freeway construction (going west):


Progress on the I-10 Papago segment (going north):

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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #184 on: February 04, 2018, 01:24:20 PM »

Progress on the I-10 Papago segment (going north):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6BwAwNr9-4

I'm surprised they haven't torn down that warehouse south of Van Buren Street yet. Looks like it's still being used too.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #185 on: February 04, 2018, 11:51:20 PM »

If I had to guess, some of the properties may have agreements with ADOT that they can operate until a certain date to fulfill contracts they may have for production of goods. Plus they may not be in as-critical places for overpasses and that type of thing so they can hang out a little longer.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #186 on: February 11, 2018, 06:46:22 PM »

Flyover of the Salt River segment of the future South Mountain Freeway (going north):

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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #187 on: March 02, 2018, 09:13:02 PM »

Minor update on Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway construction. The bridge that will carry Loop 202 over 40th St was just recently painted. It should be one of the first bridges finished. Also, by tomorrow morning (March 3), the westbound I-10 off ramp at 59th Ave will be permanently closed. Access from I-10 to 59th Ave in the future will be via frontage roads between 51st Ave and 67th Ave.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #188 on: March 12, 2018, 09:19:54 PM »


Looks like ADOT may be gearing up for the Daktronics DMS installs on the remaining portion of the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway, since I saw a truck over by one of the foundations that were installed this past fall doing some work, and in addition AZ511.gov is showing a closure on the 202 SanTan eastbound between Higley and Power from March 23 to March 24.
I wonder if they will be full color models like the new ones that were installed north of Anthem on I-17 last year.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #189 on: March 15, 2018, 03:53:23 PM »


Looks like ADOT may be gearing up for the Daktronics DMS installs on the remaining portion of the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway, since I saw a truck over by one of the foundations that were installed this past fall doing some work, and in addition AZ511.gov is showing a closure on the 202 SanTan eastbound between Higley and Power from March 23 to March 24.
I wonder if they will be full color models like the new ones that were installed north of Anthem on I-17 last year.

Speaking of DMS. ADOT has changed the font on several of the Skyline DMSs.

The new font is smaller and more difficult to read. I'm not quite sure why this was done (I'd assume it had to do with a software update).
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #190 on: March 16, 2018, 08:28:38 PM »

ADOT just posted more planned closures on the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway during that same weekend for Saturday night, between Broadway and Elliot Road southbound.  I am pretty sure these are for the DMS installs.  Perhaps the weekend after will be for the opposite directions on the same segments.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #191 on: March 23, 2018, 04:23:26 PM »

Looks like ADOT will be installing dynamic message signs this weekend on the section of the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway between Higley and Power, along with traffic flow sensors and cameras.  However, it looks like the section between Guadalupe and Broadway will be getting traffic flow sensors this weekend if my interpretation of ADOT's Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory is correct.  ADOT says it will be getting "traffic management technology" installed this weekend, but only specifies traffic flow sensors.  I'm not sure if this includes dynamic message signs.  There are foundations for dynamic message signs in that section of Loop 202, however, I am not sure if the installation will take place this weekend based on my interpretation of ADOT's Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #192 on: March 25, 2018, 09:49:00 PM »

I was on the portion of the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway today between Guadalupe and Broadway, and it looks like the side mounts for the gantries were installed, however, neither the center sections nor the DMS themselves were installed.  I didn't check the portion between Higley and Power.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #193 on: March 26, 2018, 10:12:21 AM »

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The new font is smaller and more difficult to read. I'm not quite sure why this was done (I'd assume it had to do with a software update).

If these displays work anything like other LED-based variable message signs the message composing software should allow for different letter sizes based on pixel height. The software would have to be very primitive (we're talking 1980's & 1990's primitive) to allow for only one lettering size. Daktronics' Galaxy message centers (used on commercial businesses) provide a whole lot more creative control regardless if the unit is monochrome or full color. The price difference between color and monochrome has narrowed in recent years, which might explain why we're seeing some new highway digital message signs being installed with full color capability.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #194 on: March 26, 2018, 10:19:43 AM »

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The new font is smaller and more difficult to read. I'm not quite sure why this was done (I'd assume it had to do with a software update).

If these displays work anything like other LED-based variable message signs the message composing software should allow for different letter sizes based on pixel height. The software would have to be very primitive (we're talking 1980's & 1990's primitive) to allow for only one lettering size. Daktronics' Galaxy message centers (used on commercial businesses) provide a whole lot more creative control regardless if the unit is monochrome or full color. The price difference between color and monochrome has narrowed in recent years, which might explain why we're seeing some new highway digital message signs being installed with full color capability.


ADOT didn't even adopt full matrix until around 2012 when it signed its previous contract with Skyline. Most DMS in the state are fixed character matrix.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #195 on: April 03, 2018, 03:41:35 PM »

More closures on the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway and the east end of the Red Mountain Freeway are planned this weekend, I presume this weekend will be the DMS installs.  Friday night will be the Red Mountain between US 60 and Broadway, while Saturday night will be the SanTan between US 60 and Elliot.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #196 on: April 04, 2018, 01:04:03 PM »

The first bridge related to the South Mountain Freeway section of Loop 202 is open. It's the Elliot Rd overpass.

http://www.azfamily.com/story/37864082/adot-first-south-mountain-freeway-bridge-in-laveen-open
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #197 on: April 08, 2018, 07:34:05 PM »

I saw one of the new Daktronics DMS on the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway eastbound last evening between Higley and Power.  Based on what I saw, it appeared to be a color model from the apparent resolution, although I am not 100% sure since it was almost night.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #198 on: April 09, 2018, 09:37:39 PM »

I saw one of the new Daktronics DMS that were installed this past weekend on the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway southbound near Baseline.  It definitely appears to be a color model.

Now whether or not they will actually display different colors or graphics remains to be seen.  Last time I saw a message on one of them north of Anthem on I-17 they were simply displaying plain yellow text (which I presume is the default message color for these signs), although in a smoother font than the Skyline signs due to the higher sign resolution.  I know that ADOT's current control software does not presently have the capability to control fonts or display graphics on the Skyline full matrix signs, so I would be very surprised if it is capable of controlling color on these new Daktronics signs.  ADOT probably plans on upgrading their software soon, but probably has to maintain compatibility with their older signs, since most of ADOT's signs are of the fixed character matrix type.
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Re: Phoenix Area Highways
« Reply #199 on: April 13, 2018, 01:33:04 AM »

More visual progress of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway:


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