Traffic Radar Signs To Slow Down Traffic At Sky Harbor Airport
By Eddy Metcalf
February 16, 2012 - Most airports are designed with
circular roads so that cars driving through the airport
belong in the airport. With high vehicle and foot
traffic each day, monitoring traffic speed can be
challenging for any airport.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where the
roads go from east to west instead of in a circle, this
problem is an even more serious one. Cars often use the
airport roads to get to their destinations despite the
fact that their destinations are local. Vehicles looking
to avoid freeway traffic cut through the airport, often
at unsafe speeds, putting passengers, flight crews, and
other vehicles at risk.
In response to the airport speeding problem, the City of Phoenix decided to install radar speed signs to alert drivers and slow them down. The city issued a bid with the specifications they were looking for and Traffic Logix, a New York based manufacturer of radar speed signs and traffic calming solutions, was the successful bidder.
the Signage Program Manager for the City of Phoenix Aviation
Department, was the one who wrote the initial sign
specifications for the city bid. ?We knew exactly what we
wanted,? said Mr. Faron, ?and I just love the Traffic Logix
SafePace signs we purchased.?
SafePace 400 static ?Your Speed? signs purchased for the airport
offer excellent visibility, easy programming, and an integrated
strobe that can flash to warn speeding drivers. ?We?ve used
other [radar] signs from other manufacturers,? said Mr. Faron,
?and we prefer the SafePace signs hands down.?
SafePace signs have been installed at Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport and Mr. Faron says they are pleased with
the excellent functionality, the data collection capability and
the Bluetooth feature that allows for quick and easy downloads.
While information is still being gathered from the SafePace 400 radar signs, not enough data has been compiled to determine whether the signs are changing driver behavior. But one thing is clear. ?Overall,? said Mr. Faron, ?the SafePace signs are a pleasure to use.?
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