Scottsdale to put up variable speed limit signs

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Valley cities have tried just about everything to make streets safer -- traffic signals, speed bumps, even photo radar. Now the city of Scottsdale wants to try something else.

"I think anything you do to make things safer is a good idea," said Scottsdale resident Debra Miller.

They're called variable speed limit signs, and they are already being used in states across the country.

The digital signs look like ordinary speed limit signs, but the posted speed limit will vary depending on the time of day.

Later this month, the city of Scottsdale will install four of the digital signs along Camelback Road between Scottsdale Road and Miller Road.

Some drivers are a little skeptical the new signs will make any difference.

"A good idea, but people will still go fast," said driver Carol Carrier.

Paul Basha is Scottsdale's director of transportation.

He said the variable speed signs are really designed to improve traffic flow during the late night and early morning hours over the weekend, when a lot of people are out at local bars.

That's when the speed limit will drop from 35 mph to 25 mph.

3TV wanted to know if the new signs have anything to do with writing more speeding tickets or generating more money for the city.

"It has nothing to do with citing violations," Basha said. "Our goal is to have the traffic traveling at a constant speed, where most travelers are traveling about the same speed."

Scottsdale plans to reduce the speed limit from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Basha said they do not intend to put up the signs in any other location.