The University Drive Streetscape project enhances the streetscape and calms traffic on University Drive between Ash Avenue and Priest Drive. The project includes bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, public art, additional crosswalk opportunities, ADA improvements and landscaping. The project is intended to promote neighborhood stability, sustainable business and development efforts while continuing Tempe's commitment to alternative modes of transportation. The University Drive Streetscape Project was identified in the Comprehensive Transportation Plan as part of the Tempe 2030 General Plan.
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This project was funded with $2.2 million in federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality grant money. The city of Tempe also contributed (through the transit fund) a 5.7% match of the total grant money received. Council supported the design concept at their May 9, 2013 Issue Review Session. Following an extensive public involvement process for the project, the final designs for the streetscape project were completed in fall 2013. The construction contract was awarded to Talis Corp. by the Tempe City Council on January 9, 2014.
Above are images of the public art being installed along University Drive.
Public Art: Jason Griffiths has been selected as the artist for the University Drive Streetscape Project. View the art concept.
PowerPoint presentation from Oct. 30, 2012 public meeting