Winter storm will be a test for ADOT's new traffic hub

PHOENIX - The winter storm is a test of sorts for the Arizona Department of Transportation's new traffic command hub.
 
ADOT invested more than $2 million in Federal Highway Administration dollars to upgrade its traffic command center.
 
ADOT's Doug Pacey tells ABC15 that the center now has some 40 screens that can be monitored at once and operators can adjust camera angles to provide more detailed information to the public, DPS, and crews in the field.
 
Pacey said they are preparing for several inches of snow in some areas.
 
"We want the roads to be safe," he said. "We put out de-icer and have plows standing by."
 
The upgrade also includes improvements to the 511 traffic information line. The system can now handle 1,000 calls compared to about 150 before the upgrade.
 

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