The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), in partnership with the cities of Glendale and Peoria, and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), has activated new Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) along Bell Road between 99thAvenue and 73rd Avenue. This is one of four smaller projects in the Bell Road Adaptive Signal Project and includes 13 intersections surrounding the Bell Road and Loop 101 freeway interchange.
The adaptive signal control equipment was installed last year. Since then, the system has been in learning mode to allow it to understand traffic patterns in the area. Also during this time, the communication network linking the intersections and agencies was tested. The ASCT system was officially activated on Feb. 7.
While the ASCT system is now operational, it is still considered to be in a test mode as the system is fine-tuned and adjusted in the coming weeks. Therefore, drivers in the area may not notice any immediate or significant changes to signal timing. Adaptive Signal Control Technology automatically adjusts the timing of the green lights at intersections to accommodate for changing traffic patterns. For more information about the project and how adaptive signals work, visit their website.