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Some Old Town Scottsdale streets becoming one-way

PHOENIX -- The city of Scottsdale is testing a change of traffic patterns in the popular bar district of Old Town.

The city decided to convert some two-way roads to one-way to not only speed up traffic, but to aid emergency crews who often get stuck in traffic.

"There have been some safety concerns, notably some issues with response time," said Scottsdale Right-of-Way Manager Walt Brodzinski.

Three streets will become one-way as part of the month-long trial. All are southeast of the intersection of Scottsdale and Camelback roads.

"After the 30-day period, we will get feedback from the community -- both businesses that front the streets and folks in the general area," said Brodzinski.

The following streets will be one-way during the trial:

• Buckboard Trail will be northbound only from Shoeman Lane to Camelback Road.

• Shoeman Lane will be westbound only from Saddlebag Trail to Buckboard Trail.

• Saddlebag Trail will be southbound only from Camelback Road to Shoeman Lane.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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