Streets/Traffic Ops


Street Sweeping

Arterial streets are swept every eight to 12 working days. We do our best to sweep all residential streets once a month. To identify the week of the month your neighborhood street will be swept, please refer to our street sweeping schedule. ("Week 1" is the first full week of each month.) Your neighborhood street could be swept any day during your assigned week. Please sweep up small amounts of debris on your sidewalk or in the street/gutter immediately adjacent to your home as necessary.  Keep all obstructions and vehicles out of the street sweeping path on your sweeping day.

Did you know that Tempe has 1,241 miles of roadways and 33,000 traffic signs to maintain? 


Pavement Management Program

Tempe protects assets like streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters through the Asset Management Capital Maintenance Program. In order to assess the condition of the roadway network, the city uses a PQI index.  The Pavement Quality Index or PQI is an indication of the condition and quality of the pavement structure and is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100.  The city of Tempe typically collects pavement condition data and calculates the PQI every three years.  On a basic level, it is a measurement of the smoothness of the roadway and any distresses in the pavement surface.

Once Staff determines the PQI of the streets in Tempe, we use this information to help prioritize the maintenance of the system.  We also use the information to determine what treatment we will use.  Treatment options include:

  • placing a filler material in the cracks and treating the entire pavement surface,
  • milling and replacing the top layer of the asphalt pavement,
  • or reconstructing the street section.   

Project list for the next two years:


Guadalupe Road from city limit to city limit
Dorsey Lane from 8th Street to University Drive
Warner Road from I-10 to Kyrene Road
University Drive from Mill Avenue to McClintock Drive
Neighborhood: McClintock Drive to Price Road between US60 and Southern Avenue
8th Street from Rural Road to McClintock Drive
Neighborhood: Hardy Drive to west city limit between Guadalupe Road and Baseline Road
McClintock Drive from Carmen to South City Limit 
Hardy Drive from Southern Avenue to Guadalupe Road
5th Street from Farmer Avenue to College/Veterans Way and College Avenue to University Drive


The projects listed above represent planned projects based on current condition rating, priorities and the planned but not yet approved 5-year funding schedule. These may change based on final approved budgets each year. 


striping PQI image 1  PQI IMage 2

The High Intensity Activated CrossWalk (also known as the HAWK) is a pedestrian crossing signal that is installed at two mid-block crossings in Tempe. These two crossings are located just north of Elliot Road at the Western Canal on Rural Road and on McClintock Drive.

• When you approach the signal, a solid “don’t walk” symbol will be displayed.
• To cross the street, press the button to activate the beacon signal.
• After several seconds, the pedestrian “walk” symbol illuminates.
• When the “walk” symbol is illuminated, you may cross the street while watching for oncoming traffic.
• After the “walk” time is complete, a flashing “don’t walk” symbol will appear and you should finish crossing the street.
• Do not begin to cross the street during the flashing “don’t walk” symbol.
• Once the signal cycle is complete, a solid “don’t walk” symbol is displayed.

• The beacon signal will flash yellow for several seconds and then change to solid yellow, letting you know that you need to prepare to stop.
• The beacon signal then turns solid red letting you know that you must stop.
• The beacon signal then displays an alternating flashing red light.
• After coming to a complete stop and making sure there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, you are then allowed to proceed through the crossing even though the beacon signal is flashing red.
• Once the pedestrian is safely through the intersection, the signal will turn off. Download our brochure.

Learn how to use the High intensity Activated CrossWalk (HAWK) Signal


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