- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A planned test project to put sensors in a Phoenix freeway to detect wrong-way drivers such as one involved in a deadly crash this week remains in the design phase.

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced the project in late November 2015, and an agency spokesman says construction to install the system on Interstate 17 is targeted for 2017.

ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel told The Associated Press that agency officials will know more about the test project’s timetable as they “work through the design phase.”

Once sensors detect a wrong-way driver, the system would send alerts to state troopers, post warnings on overhead message boards and keep on-ramps’ traffic lights red.

The wrong-way driver and another motorist were killed in Tuesday’s crash on the Loop 101 near I-17.

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