Hard to believe, but 10 years have passed since the first AMBER Alert was issued in Arizona… In that time, 70 AMBER Alerts have been issued in the state and all but one – the ongoing Jhessye Shockley case – were resolved successfully through a partnership between local radio and television broadcasters, law enforcement, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the public.
Ramp closed sign in roadway
ADOT Highway Operations Supervisor Ron Martin sums things up really well in the video above… “I know everybody hates waiting in a line and if we can keep that line moving, they’re a little happier,” he says referring to traffic that spills out of a venue’s parking lot after a big event comes to an end – in this case, a NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway.
A fixed attentuator that has been hit
Back in July we told you all about truck-mounted attenuators and how vital they are to the safety of ADOT employees and drivers out on the road. But, there’s another type of attenuator that acts on the same principle and does just as much to protect motorists...
Tanker Collision on I-10
I-10 was closed most of the day and night last Wednesday after two tanker trucks collided near Chandler Boulevard south of downtown Phoenix. For hours, many drivers could see the resulting column of black smoke. Even more people saw footage and photos of the collision’s aftermath on the news and online.
ADOT Attenuators
Sometimes the simplest concepts work the best. Take for example the truck-mounted attenuator. Maybe you aren’t too familiar with them, but chances are you’ve seen one when driving on the freeway.
ADOT Emergency Response Unit (ALERT) truck
When an ADOT road in the greater-Maricopa County area needs to be closed due to a major crash, emergency or weather-related incident, the Arizona Local Emergency Response Team is put to the task. Otherwise known as ALERT (what a fitting acronym for this team always ready to act!), the group is made up of 10 ADOT maintenance employees who – on top of their regular daytime duties – volunteer to be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to any emergency call.
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