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Street Sweeping

Arterial streets are swept every eight to 12 working days. We do our best to sweep all residential streets once a month. To identify the week of the month your neighborhood street will be swept, please refer to our street sweeping schedule. ("Week 1" is the first full week of each month.) Your neighborhood street could be swept any day during your assigned week. Please sweep up small amounts of debris on your sidewalk or in the street/gutter immediately adjacent to your home as necessary.  Keep all obstructions and vehicles out of the street sweeping path on your sweeping day. Did you know that Tempe has 1,241 miles of roadways and 33,000 traffic signs to maintain? 

 

Pavement Management Program

Tempe protects assets like streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters through the Asset Management Capital Maintenance Program. In order to assess the condition of the roadway network, the city uses a PQI index.  The Pavement Quality Index or PQI is an indication of the condition and quality of the pavement structure and is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100.  The city of Tempe typically collects pavement condition data and calculates the PQI every three years.  On a basic level, it is a measurement of the smoothness of the roadway and any distresses in the pavement surface. Visit our data web page to see your streets PQI. 

Once Staff determines the PQI of the streets in Tempe, we use this information to help prioritize the maintenance of the system.  We also use the information to determine what treatment we will use.  Treatment options include:

  • placing a filler material in the cracks and treating the entire pavement surface,
  • milling and replacing the top layer of the asphalt pavement,
  • or reconstructing the street section.   

Tentative project list for the next five fiscal years:

2017-2018

  • Mill Avenue from Southern Avenue to Broadway Road
  • Bel De Mar from Rural Road to Terrace Road
  • Baseline Road from 48th Street to I-10
  • Hardy Drive from Southern Avenue Drive to Guadalupe Road
  • Neighborhood: McClintock Drive to Price Road between US 60 and Baseline Road
  • Neighborhood: Dorsey Lane to McClintock Drive between Palomino Drive and Warner Road
  • McClintock Drive from Del Rio Drive to Oxford Drive
  • University Drive from Farmer Avenue to west city limit
  • Broadway Road from Priest Drive to Mill Avenue
  • Priest Drive from Southern Avenue to University Drive
  • Rural Road from Alameda Drive to Southern Avenue
  • Southern Avenue from Mill Avenue to Butte Avenue
  • Neighborhood: Alameda Drive to Southern Avenue between College Avenue and Dorsey Lane

2018-2019

  • 48th Street from Southern Avenue to Broadway Road
  • Warner Road from Rural Road to Dateland Drive
  • Mill Avenue from Southern Avenue to Baseline Road
  • Intersection of Rural Road and Southern Avenue
  • Neighborhood: Balboa Drive to Southern Avenue between Price Road and Evergreen Road
  • Neighborhood: Kyrene Road to Rural Road between Guadalupe Road and Baseline Road
  • Neighborhood: McKemy Street to Kyrene Road between Knox Road to Warner Road

2019-2020

  • 5th Street from Farmer Avenue to College/Veterans Way and College Avenue to University Drive
  • 8th Street from Rural Road to McClintock Drive
  • Alameda Drive from Hardy Drive to Priest Drive
  • McClintock Drive from University Drive to Loop 202
  • Rural Road from Elliot Road to south city limit
  • Baseline Road from Rural Road to McClintock Drive
  • Neighborhood: Loop 101 to east city limit between US60 and Southern Avenue
  • Southern Avenue from Mill Avenue to Priest Drive

2020-2021

  • McClintock Drive from Carmen Street to south city limit
  • University Drive from Mill Avenue to McClintock Drive
  • Kyrene Road from Guadalupe Road to Baseline Road
  • Rio Salado Parkway from 1st Street to Hardy Drive
  • 52nd Street from Broadway Road to 1st Street

2021-2022

  • Washington Street from 56th Street to Mill Avenue
  • Curry Road form Mill Avenue to McClintock Drive
  • Elliot Road from I-10 to McClintock Drive
  • Rural Road from Southern Avenue to Elliot Road
  • Warner Road from Rural Road to McClintock Drive
  • Baseline Road from I-10 to Rural Road
  • Neighborhood: Autoplex Loop, Test Drive, Drivers Way and Auto Drive
  • Neighborhood: McClintock Drive to east city limit between Guadalupe Road and Baseline Road
  • Neighborhood: McClintock Drive to Country Club Way between Guadalupe Road and Western Canal
  • Neighborhood: Mill Avenue to McClintock Drive between Southern Avenue and US60

2022-2023

  • Priest Drive between Elliot Road and south city limit
  • Warner Road from McClintock Drive to Price Road
  • Baseline Road from Price Road to McClintock Drive
  • Scottsdale Road from Rio Salado Parkway to Continental Drive
  • Broadway Road from Priest Drive to 48th Street
  • Elliot Road from Price Road to McClintock Drive
  • McClintock Drive from Del Rio Drive to Broadway Road
  • Neighborhood: Kyrene Road to Rural Road between south city limit and Warner Road
  • Neighborhood: Rural Road to McClintock Drive between Guadalupe Road and Western Canal
  • Neighborhood: McKellips Road to Weber Drive between College Avenue and La Rosa Drive
  • Neighborhood: 13th Street to Broadway Road between Priest Drive and Hardy Drive
  • Neighborhood: Continental Drive to McKellips Road between Papago Drive and Scottsdale Road
  • Neighborhood: Village Way, Clementine Drive, La Jolla Drive
  • Neighborhood: 48th Street to Wendler Drive between Riviera Drive and Baseline Road
  • Neighborhood: University Drive to 13th Street between Priest Drive and Hardy Drive
  • Neighborhood: 1st Street to University Drive between Priest Drive to Hardy Drive

The projects listed above represent planned projects based on current condition rating, priorities and the planned but not yet approved 5-year funding schedule. These may change based on final approved budgets each year. 

Requesting a Street Light

Neighborhood streetlights are primarily used to provide adequate light onto city streets to facilitate the safe movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  Lighting is also important to residents’ feeling of security.  The Tempe Police Department Crime Prevention Unit also recognizes that street lighting enhances security and in general, lighting has proven beneficial in reducing crime.

The City of Tempe is pleased to work with you and consider your request for additional lighting.  We ask for your patience throughout this process when city streetlights are installed, multiple factors come into play that the City must evaluate.

Step 1: The first step in obtaining new street lighting is to the City of Tempe’s Lighting Systems Coordinator at (480) 350-8033 or filling out an online request form. Please try to make your request as specific as possible. Your submitted information will require a field survey of the existing lighting conditions in the area.

Step 2: If it is determined that a new street light can be installed, then the citizens requesting the additional lighting will receive a petition with all of the addresses of the residences who will be most affected by the new street light.  Once the citizen receives the petition, he/she must obtain 51% of the required signatures from the neighborhood residents, and return it to the City’s Lighting Coordinator.  In addition to the petition, the resident who owns the property where the light will be installed must submit a copy of their deed or title showing proof of land ownership and legal description of the property.  The copy of the Deed or Title will be used to prepare an easement which the property owner must sign.

Step 3: Once the easement is signed, notarized and received by the City, authorization will be sent to the utility company and the design process begins.  The City, at no cost to the resident, will install the new street light. The street light installation is usually completed within 90 days from the date the notarized easement is received by the City.

You can share your concerns and objections with your neighbors, in an attempt to get them to change their minds. In addition, you can contact the Lighting System Coordinator to evaluate options.

 

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The High Intensity Activated CrossWalk (also known as the HAWK) is a pedestrian crossing signal that is installed at two mid-block crossings in Tempe. These two crossings are located just north of Elliot Road at the Western Canal on Rural Road and on McClintock Drive.

Pedestrian/Bicyclist:
• When you approach the signal, a solid “don’t walk” symbol will be displayed.
• To cross the street, press the button to activate the beacon signal.
• After several seconds, the pedestrian “walk” symbol illuminates.
• When the “walk” symbol is illuminated, you may cross the street while watching for oncoming traffic.
• After the “walk” time is complete, a flashing “don’t walk” symbol will appear and you should finish crossing the street.
• Do not begin to cross the street during the flashing “don’t walk” symbol.
• Once the signal cycle is complete, a solid “don’t walk” symbol is displayed.

Motorist:
• The beacon signal will flash yellow for several seconds and then change to solid yellow, letting you know that you need to prepare to stop.
• The beacon signal then turns solid red letting you know that you must stop.
• The beacon signal then displays an alternating flashing red light.
• After coming to a complete stop and making sure there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, you are then allowed to proceed through the crossing even though the beacon signal is flashing red.
• Once the pedestrian is safely through the intersection, the signal will turn off.