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Broadway Road Streetscape wins project of the year award
Tempe’s Broadway Road Streetscape received top honors from the American Public Works Association. The city of Tempe and contractor Achen-Gardner were presented with the Project of the Year award for transportation projects under $5 million at the APWA Arizona Chapter’s annual conference held last week in Tucson.
Completed in March 2016, the Broadway Road Streetscape Project recharacterized the roadway between Mill Avenue and Rural Road to a more sustainable street with mobility options for everyone, including new bicycle lanes, enhanced landscaping, public art and improved pedestrian facilities.
As the road saw less traffic volumes in preceding years, partly due to public transit improvements and freeway expansions, the community opted to remove a lane of traffic and allocate that space to other modes of travel. Tempe added high visibility bike lanes, wider sidewalks, a neighborhood buffer wall with public art, desert-palette landscaped medians and nearly 100 new trees. The end result is a street that serves all types of transportation while enhancing the neighborhood and surrounding area.
Tempe artists Laurie Lundquist and Rebecca Ross were selected to incorporate public art in the streetscape design. Their concept includes a Morse code art feature that spells out the words “orange trees” and “blossoms” integrated in the buffer wall that runs along the north side of Broadway Road.
The APWA Public Works Project of the Year was established to promote excellence in the industry. To be eligible for this year’s awards, projects had to demonstrate excellence in safety performance, community relations and outreach, environmental consideration and other items deemed important to the organization.
The Broadway Road Streetscape Project was identified in Tempe’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan and General Plan. The project was funded by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program grant totaling $3.857 million; Tempe transit funds provided a local 5.7 percent match, as stipulated by the CMAQ grant. The art was funded through Tempe’s Municipal Arts Fund.
To learn more about the project, please visit our website.