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Phoenix City Council Approves Citywide Traffic Signal Enhancements and 2017 Street Pavement Preservation ProgramPhoenix City Council Approves Citywide Traffic Signal Enhancements and 2017 Street Pavement Preservation Program<div class="ExternalClassA744DAEAC07F4F3BBE9F2E18ABA145C4"><p><em>Street improvements key part of voter-approved Transportation 2050 plan</em></p><p>The Phoenix City Council approved a number of key street-related safety and infrastructure improvements included in the <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Transportation 2050</span> plan at its policy meeting on Tuesday, June 21.  </p><p>The City Council approved $9.7 million in capital and maintenance funding to improve the city's signalized intersections. The approved funding augments the Street Transportation Department's existing $3 million in capital funds. With the combined funding, starting in July, the department is set to begin a citywide effort that includes: adding left turn arrows to 35 intersections over a 5-year period; repainting the traffic poles at 1,100 signalized intersections over a ten-year period; and replacing over 3,000 existing deteriorated intersection street name signs with new retroflective street sign faces that include internal light-emitting diode (LED) lighting over a 2-year period.</p><p>"A key component to the voter-approved transportation plan was improving our roadway infrastructure," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams who chairs the City Council's Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. "Improved street name signs, signalized intersections, traffic poles and pavement preservation are just the beginning of T2050's impact on Phoenix."</p><p>The new street-name signs are expected to last 10 to 15 years and will greatly improve visibility and legibility of street names at longer distances and in adverse driving conditions. They also will represent a highly noticeable aesthetic improvement to the city's roadway infrastructure. </p><p>These improvements will help address the long overdue needs of the city's traffic signalization system to ensure that the Street Transportation Department is best able to support traffic flow, road safety and signal network efficiency. </p><p>The City Council also approved the Transportation 2050 funded street pavement preservation program for 2017. As part of the 2017 program, over 80 major street miles will be improved with a variety of pavement treatments such as rubberized asphalt overlay, microseal, crack seal or tire rubber modified surface sealant to maintain them in a state of good repair and extend their lifespan. </p><p>As part of the 2017 program, an additional 305 local and minor street miles will be improved through funding received from the Arizona Highway User Revenue/Gas tax. </p><p>The city's comprehensive pavement preservation program, which includes revenues from both the Transportation 2050 sales tax and the Arizona Highway User Revenue/Gas tax, allows major and arterial streets to be treated approximately every 10 years. </p><p>In February the City Council also approved $11.3 million in Transportation 2050 funds for the 2016 pavement preservation program. Pavement treatments for on the 2016 program are currently underway.  </p><p>See a <a href="/streetssite/Documents/2017%20Pavement%20Maintenance%20Projects.pdf" target="_blank">map of the major streets included in the 2017 program</a>. Review additional details about Phoenix's pave​ment preservation program. </p><p> <strong> <em>About the Transportation 2050 Plan:</em></strong></p><p> <em>The voter-approved </em> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <em>Transportation ​2050</em></span><em> </em> <em>plan is aimed at expanding investment in Phoenix for bus service, light rail construction and street improvements. Funding for the 35-year citywide transportation plan is being generated by a local sales tax of 7/10ths of a cent, which is estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or almost half of the plan's overall cost.</em><em> </em></p></div>6/23/2016 7:00:00 AMMonica Hernandez602-350-8853