5th Street Streetscape Project

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View the April 6, 2017 Fifth Street presentation to the City Council

A public meeting was held on April 4, 2017 and online public comment was available from March 22 to April 10, 2017. View the comments here. 

View the 5th Street Project Status and Draft Concepts PowerPoint -March 2017

This streetscape project is along 5th Street in downtown Tempe and extends from College Avenue to Farmer Avenue travelling through an important part of the community.  The project area includes and connects to Tempe City Hall, Mill Avenue, a Union Pacific railroad crossing, ASU, Sun Devil Stadium, City of Tempe Courts and Police Administration, Tempe Transportation Center, light rail, regional and neighborhood transit service, high volume bicycle and pedestrian use, the programmed Streetcar, mixed-use high density development including multi-family housing, the North South Rail Spur Path, Hayden Butte/A Mountain, and historic and redeveloping adjacent neighborhoods including Riverside and the Farmer Arts District. 

The project was first identified as a need through the 2014-2015 Kimley Horn Downtown Parking Study that encouraged the city to look at maximizing the on-street parking availability and to reconfigure the street to be more multi-modal and possibly alleviate some of the parking needs by providing comfortable alternatives to driving.

This project will specifically involve the development of design and construction documents including 30, 60 and 90 percent plans.  The final documents will be for a buildable project that will strive to enhance landscaping, increase and improve bicycle, pedestrian and transit access, improve parking availability and preserve vehicular access in the east and west bound lanes. Project elements in this contract include landscape architecture and traffic, civil and structural engineering. The project will also look at shade, gateway treatments, enhanced bicycle lanes, landscape median islands with left turn pockets, back-in angled parking and improved pedestrian areas. The project will involve extensive stakeholder and public outreach, including public meetings.  The project will work with the downtown Character Area 3 process, the Tempe Boards and Commissions, the Downtown Tempe Authority, ASU and the Tempe City Council.

View the PowerPoint presentation about this project. A public open house was held Oct. 19, 2016. The online comment form was available from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2., 2016. View the comments. 

View the ASU Sustainability Presentation from November 2016. 


  • Design: $350,000 DTA Parking Fund.
  • Construction: $2.5 million Capital Improvement Plan (pending Council approval); $500,000 Highway User Revenue Funds & $2 million Transit Tax.

Design Team: The design and engineering team for this project was selected after a competitive Request For Qualifications process and round of interviews.  The design team, collectively, has worked in the region for decades and has worked more recently on 6th Street Park and the Farmer Avenue street and path improvements south of 5th Street.


  • Online comment in September 2017.
  • To City Council on October 19, 2017.
  • Final design complete in fall 2017.             
  • Construction to begin in fall 2018.

For more information contact the project manager, Eric Iwersen at 480-350-8810.