The Road Runner’s phone was busy the day after the Pima County Board of Supervisors decided not to give American Traffic Solutions another contract.
Drivers were thrilled to hear about the demise of 11 speed cameras on county roads that have been snapping photos of speeding motorists for the last five years.
Many were, however, confused as to why their favorite fixed camera wasn’t on the map.
What about the cameras at Speedway and Kolb? Or the one on Swan Road?
Callers were disappointed to hear that those cameras fall under the jurisdiction of the city of Tucson, not the county supervisors.
While the supervisors severed ties with American Traffic Solutions last week, the Tucson City Council renewed its contract with ATS last year for the similar, but not quite the same, red-light cameras.
Bottom line: The red-light cameras inside the city limits are staying on.
For the moment, a citizen group called Tucson Traffic Justice, spearheaded by John Kromko, is trying to get removal of the red-light cameras on the November 2015 ballot.
But even if this political measure is successful, it wouldn’t be until 2016 that they would come down, absent some action by the Tucson City Council.
Down the Road
- The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department will close the left and center lanes in all directions, and no left turns will be permitted, at the Speedway and Campbell Avenue intersection on Monday night to install a new manhole.
Construction begins on Monday at 6 p.m. and will be completed by 7 a.m. the next morning.
- Crews for the wastewater agency will also close the right southbound lane of Kolb Road at Escalante Road on Monday morning. Construction will close the lane between 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Starting on Tuesday, the northbound lane of Kolb Road at Escalante will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with work expected to finish by Wednesday evening.
- The Arizona Department of Transportation will have intermittent lane closures on Arizona 286, west of Tucson, between Sasabe and Three Points beginning on Monday to seal cracks along the roadway.
The work will occur from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily between mileposts 13 to 20 , with work expected to be complete by Friday evening.