In June 2010, the design team AECOM developed a preliminary design concept for 8th Street and the adjacent proposed Creamery Rail Spur Path between Rural Road and McClintock Drive. Public input into the design included AECOM and Tempe staff working with a group of area stakeholders consisting of neighborhood chairpersons, business and property owners as well as conducting several public meetings. The project design was well received and focused on enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the street and for the proposed multi-use path, landscaping, lighting and reconfigured on-street parking that maximized opportunities The project design concept was used by staff to pursue federal grants for construction of the project. To date staff has received $1.38 million in funds for the project.
The nature of the improvements potentially includes elements such as the addition of trees and landscaping, changes to the roadway striping, intersection improvements, added parking spaces, bike and/or pedestrian pathways, ADA accommodations, improved lighting, and seating. The extent of these improvements is limited by the project budget requiring that decisions be made with regard to priorities.
On Aug. 14, the City Council approved a contract with OTAK to provide consulting services related to the refinement of the design. The current budget is not enough to fully fund all the elements identified in the preliminary design concept.
Public meetings were held Sept. 30 and Nov. 3, 2014. Staff plans to complete the public process including presenting to Tempe Board and Commissions by late spring 2015, and construction could begin as early as Jan. 2016.
Comments were taken on the preferred design concepts below through November 10, 2014.
Contact project manager Eric Iwersen for more information.