Changes ahead for dangerous stretch of Camelback Road



Video report by Jaime Cerreta

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 5 at 11:40 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A dangerous stretch of Camelback Road in Scottsdale will see changes following the April death of a pedestrian.

Matthew Tilton, 21, was crossing the street in Scottsdale's bar district around 11:30 p.m. April 11 when he was struck and killed by a car.

Many pedestrians jaywalk across the dark, five-lane street between Scottsdale and Miller roads. Police said there have been other incidents in the area where Tilton was hit.

In September, the city of Scottsdale will install signs and add markings on one-way streets allowing only loading and unloading in the right lane.

Variable speed limit signs will go up in November, reducing the speed limit on Camelback Road from 35 to 25 mph on weekend nights.

Also in November, the city will add a traffic signal and crosswalk at the intersection of 73rd Street and Camelback Road.

"We believe it will be much less congested, much more efficient," said Paul Basha with the city's transportation department. "People will be driving the same speed and that by itself will be safer."

Valley resident Scott Forando believes the changes will make Camelback Road much safer.

"Walking down this road is like the most dangerous thing in the entire world, so a crosswalk would definitely help," he said.

Dangerous stretch of Camelback Road could see changes