Fifth Street Streetscape Project

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At the April 6, 2017 City Council Issue Review Session, the Council supported the general concept to advance more detailed documents, but also provided additional project feedback. That feedback included the following, which will be reported back to Council at the Oct. 19 Issue Review Session:

  • Test possible lane closures and median changes
  • Explore solar structures or pavement in areas near City Hall
  • Consider edible landscape plaza space near City Hall and Sixth Street Park, possibly adopted by ASU program or a non-profit as a learning/educational element of the project
  • Palms at Mill and Fifth may not match/be appropriate next to the Mill Avenue Ficus trees
  • Explore transit stop on north side of Fifth Street east of Farmer; if it can be separated from bike lane explore consolidation of transit stop at Farmer and another at Ash (north side of Fifth)
  • Explore possible buffered bike lanes at intersections (no candlesticks)


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


A test of the project elements will be conducted that propose changes to the current vehicular lane configuration, as follows: 

  • Test period: Sept. 5-18, 2017 - Online comment was available Sept. 5 to Sept. 25, 2017
  • Test configuration:
    • Elimination of right turn lane from eastbound Fifth Street to southbound Mill Avenue (southwest corner Mill & Fifth in front of post office)
    • Elimination of center turn lane in various sections between Ash and College avenues
  • Analysis/data: Transportation staff will observe and record the simulated impact on traffic/behavior during peak periods, including turn movements and vehicle back-up, which will be compared with existing traffic volumes and traffic, transit, bicycle and pedestrian performance. This data may be used to modify proposed design treatments.

This streetscape project is along Fifth 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.


  • 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 Sixth Street Park and the Farmer Avenue street and path improvements south of Fifth 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.