By Steve Elliott / ADOT Communications
It says something about my journey along life's path that updating my eyeglass prescription has become a magical event, especially after waiting much too long to visit the ophthalmologist.
When I uncased my latest pair of bifocals last night, the world seemed so much more colorful and detailed. Only the first person on Mars could gaze with such wide-eyed wonder, I thought while leaving the eyeglass counter, no doubt to concerned looks from staff and fellow customers.
I have something of the same feeling when I look at new az511.gov
views along the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway in Tempe, especially when the view cheats a little south to include Tempe Town Lake. We recently upgraded traffic cameras in this stretch.
In the photo above, just look at the vista from our new Scottsdale Road camera. My Traffic Operations Center-based communications colleague Garin Groff, a master at finding early morning shots of the moon and stars, has new vantage point for his winning images.
The shots below show the difference in our Center Parkway camera looking across the lake toward Hayden Butte/"A" Mountain.
Drink in that sweet HD view.
We're sometimes asked why all traffic cameras aren't HD like this one farther east along Loop 202 in Mesa. Click to expand the image and you can see that big white arrow in Usery Mountain Park pointing toward Phoenix.
We explain that traffic cameras the public sees at the Arizona Traveler Information site
are positioned along highways to allow ADOT operators and DPS troopers at our Traffic Operations Center to monitor conditions. The cameras can accomplish that mission without an HD view.
ADOT continues to upgrade older traffic cameras as funding permits, with a goal of moving everything to digital HD. The work and funding required mean we can't upgrade everything right away, but you can see at az511.gov
that we're making progress.
I hope you enjoy these crisp new views from our Loop 202 Tempe traffic cameras as much as I enjoy reading fine print and faraway text with my spiffy new glasses.