Event Street Closures & Restrictions

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Tempe, in conjunction with other valley cities, posts its daily street restrictions affecting 50% or more of an arterial street (like Rural Road or Southern Avenue) along with full closures of an arterial or collector street on www.az511.gov

Below is information about any special events in Tempe that cause street restrictions or bus detours. Only current events affecting a street or bus route will be posted. Click here to view all Valley Metro bus detours.  


5th Street restricted between Ash and College avenues Sept. 5-18

  • Date: - (all day)

Sept. 5 to 18, the city of Tempe will conduct a simulation of the 5th Street Streetscape Project elements that, if implemented, would result in changes to the current vehicle lane configuration. The preferred design concept includes the removal of the median/center turn lane sections between Ash and College avenues and the elimination of the right turn lane on eastbound 5th Street onto southbound Mill Avenue. During the simulation, the lanes will be temporarily barricaded off in order to test the impacts to vehicle, transit, bicycle and pedestrian traffic flow. During the simulation:

  • Traffic will continue to flow east and westbound on 5th Street
  • Left turns from 5th Street onto north/south side streets will be made from the east/west through lanes
  • Left turns from 5th Street onto Mill Avenue will still be made from the dedicated left turn lanes
  • Right turns from eastbound 5th Street onto southbound Mill Avenue will be made from the eastbound through lane

Background: The design concept was developed based on input from area residents, businesses property owners and users of the street and reflects the commitment to providing an accessible, iconic and sustainable street for all modes of travel and users. The design concept improves landscaping, increases and improves bicycle, pedestrian and transit access and adds on-street parking. It also includes treatments for shade, gateways and an enhanced street treatment in front of the City Hall complex. The project design preserves the existing vehicle access in the east and west bound lanes. For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/5thStreet.

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