|Construction Update: Broadway Road is restricted to one lane in each direction between Mill and Rural until February 2016.|
The Broadway Road Streetscape Project is identified in the Comprehensive Transportation Plan as part of the Tempe 2030 General Plan. The goal of the project is to recharacterize the segment of Broadway Road between Mill Avenue and Rural Road to a street with bicycle lanes, walls, landscaping, and improved pedestrian facilities. As part of the City’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan, a variety of public meetings and neighborhood discussions were held over the last several years with neighbors and businesses near Broadway Road.
The preferred design concept includes the removal of one eastbound traffic lane. In addition, the proposed project will add bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and street trees on the south side of the road, landscaped median islands and a buffer/wall treatment on the north side of Broadway Road.
Laurie Lundquist and Rebecca Ross were selected as the artists for the project, through a competitive process that included neighborhood representatives. The art will be integrated into the wall treatment on the north side of Broadway Road and is funded through the Municipal Arts Fund. View the public art concept here. Read past comments about the art from April 2014. Read past comments about the art from August 2014.
View the preferred design concept below
Based on traffic data, City Council direction, and the input received from the last public meeting, the preferred design concept for the Broadway Road Bicycle, Pedestrian & Streetscape Enhancement Project includes the removal of one eastbound traffic lane on Broadway Road between Mill Avenue and Rural Road. The lane was temporarily barricaded off from Sept. 16 to Sept. 30 to conduct a simulation of the conditions identified in the preferred roadway design concept. During the simulation, traffic counts were taken on Broadway Road from Mill Avenue to Rural Road along with gathering traffic counts and speeds along adjacent neighborhood streets like College, Encanto, Dateland and Alameda.
This section of Broadway Road has similar traffic volumes as other four lane arterials in Tempe like University Drive, Guadalupe Road and Rio Salado Parkway. Traffic volumes on this section of Broadway Road have decreased nearly 35 percent over the last ten years. Public transit improvements, freeway expansions and the increase of bicycling have likely contributed to the decrease of traffic volumes on this section of Broadway Road. Removing one lane of traffic allows for the addition of neighborhood amenities like sidewalks, bike lanes, trees and improved mobility options for a greater number of people.
Comments on the original five concepts were taken through April 1, 2013. See what people had to say about the concepts below.
On Nov. 21, 2013, the Tempe City Council provided direction to move forward with removing one lane of traffic eastbound and building the project based on the preferred design concept. Engineering construction documents were finalized in late spring 2014. Construction would then likely begin in April 2015 and last until April 2016.
The Broadway Road Action Team
The Broadway Road Action Team comprises of 14 stakeholders who live or own property in the project area. The Action Team met for as long as was needed to develop a design concept. Action Team members represent a geographically equitable distribution of stakeholders with a diversity of opinions related to the project and include a representative of the neighborhood association(s).
Feb. 11, 2009 Action Team meeting minutes
April 28, 2009 Action Team meeting minutes
May 12, 2009 Action Team meeting minutes
May 4, 2010 Action Team meeting minutes
Sept. 21, 2010 Action Team meeting minutes
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program federal funds totaling $3.857 million were secured for the design and construction of the project. As part of the CMAQ requirements, local matching dollars are required. As such, an additional 5.7% match in Tempe transit funds is budgeted for the project.
Contact Eric Iwersen for more information.