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Tempe City Council agrees to add vehicle capacity and keep bike facilities on McClintock Drive

Post Date:09/07/2017 11:18 PM

After nearly two years of gathering public feedback and collecting traffic information, Tempe will move forward with a plan that includes keeping bicycle facilities while adding vehicle capacity back to a 3-mile stretch of McClintock Drive.

As part of a repaving project in July 2015, Tempe reconfigured McClintock between Broadway and Guadalupe roads to add bicycle lanes on each side, which required removing at least one vehicle lane. The city maintained a minimum of two vehicle lanes in each direction, as well as the center turn lane, medians and formal turn lanes at signalized intersections. 

Since making the changes, the city has been working with residents, businesses, schools and other stakeholders, gathering feedback through public meetings, online questionnaires, emails and phone calls. In late 2016, Tempe staff and consultants began working to develop concepts to achieve the City Council’s goals of improving traffic flow, decreasing congestion and providing facilities for bicyclists. 

At the Sept. 7 City Council Issue Review Session, staff presented a project update with several alternatives for McClintock Drive. Councilmembers reached consensus on a plan that includes both bicycle facilities and additional vehicle lanes between Apache Boulevard and Baseline Road. They also asked staff to work with residents to address neighborhood access concerns in certain areas.

For more information about McClintock Drive, please visit www.tempe.gov/mcclintockdrive or call 480-350-4311.

 

Media contact:
Amanda Nelson
480-350-2707 (o) 480-250-5177 (c)

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