The University Drive Streetscape project will improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities, enhance the streetscape and calm traffic on University Drive between Ash Avenue and Priest Drive. The project will include 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 is identified in the Comprehensive Transportation Plan as part of the Tempe 2030 General Plan.
This project is funded with $2.2 million in federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality grant money. The city of Tempe would also contribute (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.
Construction is scheduled to begin April 7, 2014 and last until September 30, 2014. During construction, the streets may be restricted but it is not anticipated that the street will be closed.
University Drive Streetscape Project Public Art Concept Review
April 8, 2014
Childsplay, 900 S. Mitchell Drive, Tempe ~ Classroom 1
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Jason Griffiths has been selected as the new artist for the University Drive Streetscape Project. A public meeting will be held for area residents and businesses to review the new proposed public art designs on April 8 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Childsplay, 900 S. Mitchell Drive, Tempe. The public art elements, upon approval of their design, will be installed at the end of the street construction process.
Public comment was available online through Feb. 28, 2013. View the final design concept
PowerPoint presentation from Jan. 12, 1012
Public comments from Jan. 12, 2012 meeting
Aerial Map Comment 1 from Jan. 12, 2012 meeting
Aerial Map Comment 2 from Jan. 12, 2012 meeting
Aerial Map Comment 3 from Jan. 12, 2012 meeting
1999 University Drive Corridor Study Summary
Comments from the web site through April 19, 2012
Comments from Tempe Forum 2012
Comments from Feb. 20, 2013 public meeting
PowerPoint presentation from Oct. 30, 2012 public meeting
Comments from 2013 Tempe Forum
Comments from June 18, 2013 public meeting regarding art concepts
University Drive Fact Sheet
Contact project manager Eric Iwersen for more information.