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Mayor, Council Unanimously Approve Funding Plan to Make Phoenix Streets Safer https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1813Mayor's Office3/3/2021 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1813/Streets.pngMayor, Council Unanimously Approve Funding Plan to Make Phoenix Streets Safer <div class="ExternalClass261B38F9B7604876A8FE34A4C6B0FB40"><html> <p>​</p> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council have approved a new, multi-million-dollar investment to make Phoenix streets safer to walk, bike, and drive.</p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">“</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he current rate of traffic crashes and pedestrian and driver fatalities is too high</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">," said Mayor Gallego. “</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">This is not a new subject for us – we created an Office of Pedestrian Safety in 2018, but that is only one part of a comprehensive safety plan. The funds allocated today</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> will help save lives and get this problem under control."</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Th</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">e investment includes the allocation of $3 million in Street Transportation Department's </span> <em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Transportation 2050</em> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> funds; $3 million in General Funds over five years; and five additional staff positions funded by Arizona Highway User Revenue Funds.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">“</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">There are too many pedestrian fatalities and vehicular collisions occurring on Phoenix streets—and we are committed to finding ways to better protect pedestrians and drivers," said Councilwoman Debra Stark. “This new investment and comprehensive approach are important steps toward making our streets safer."</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">oday's action authorizes the Street Transportation and Police Departments to develop a Roadway Safety Action Plan, focused on reducing the number of injury and fatality crashes. Although it could take a year to develop the full plan, short-term actions can now be implemented quickly. Those actions include additional street signage, roadway striping, and cutting back vegetation that intrudes onto the roadway. Mid-term and longer-term projects can include new pavement, new traffic signals and reconstruction of particularly dangerous intersections.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Mayor pointed out that the city has already completed extensive work to improve safety, including the installation of 68 HAWK signals (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk signals – the flashing red lights that cause drivers to stop when a pedestrian is crossing the roadway). Plans call for the city to increase these installations to an additional ten to fifteen HAWK signals each year.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he city's Streets Transportation Department operates 1,158 traffic signals throughout the 520-square mile geographic area of the City of Phoenix.</span> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeStreetsMayor's OfficeMari Bourbon505-670-9415602-261-8823mari.bourbon@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/91/Mari_Bourbon.jpgMayorGallego

 

 

Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridgehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2441Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2441/USDOT Rio Salado bridge presser.jpgPhoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge<div class="ExternalClassE151A7F15FF6451AAC5144BFB56747CC"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.<br></p><p>WATCH: <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2442">Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference​</a><br></p><p>Phoenix will use the discretionary federal funding to construct the long-proposed Rio Salado Bike and Pedestrian Bridge, that will cross the river bed in alignment with 3rd Street and create impactful connectivity between south Phoenix and the city's downtown region.</p><p>When completed, the bridge will provide residents without a motor vehicle, or who prefer not to drive on every trip, with a safe option to cross the Rio Salado and gain improved access to jobs, schools, services and other opportunities. The bridge also will offer a convenient connection to the currently under construction South Central Light Rail Extension, and provide residents with increased recreational and exercise options with its proximity to the trails within the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.</p><p>In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project will include solar lighting upgrades along the existing Rio Salado pathway from Central Avenue to 40th Street.<br></p><p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p><p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews
Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conferencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2442Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/PCqRHk6DZuoRio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference<div class="ExternalClass1BC405ACAE1B439D9131C28803A0F84F"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2441" target="_blank">Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge</a><br></p> <p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado" target="_blank">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p> <p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsVideo
Breeze Airways to Begin Phoenix Sky Harbor Service in Novemberhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2437Aviation8/10/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2437/Newsroom_Aviation_23_Breeze.jpgBreeze Airways to Begin Phoenix Sky Harbor Service in November<div class="ExternalClass599A16261BBB4A63ADBC624B6278C94A"><html> <p>Today, Breeze Airways Chief Operating Officer Michael Wuerger announced service from Phoenix to Charleston, South Carolina and Provo, Utah beginning November 2, 2022. <br></p> <p>“I welcome Breeze Airways and its innovative approach to air travel as we increase travel options and passenger volume at Sky Harbor International Airport," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We look forward to its success and growth of destinations served from Phoenix."</p> <p>Breeze Airways is a new airline for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and will operate out of Terminal 3. Charleston is a new destination as well. The twice-weekly service to both Provo and Charleston will be served on Wednesdays and Saturdays.<br></p> <p>“The expansion of Breeze Airways service in Sky Harbor is proof that there is continued demand for travel to and from Phoenix," said Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, District 6. “As the fourth new airline to begin operations out of Sky Harbor just this year, I am hopeful for the ongoing growth of our airport, benefiting our community members and the local economy."  <br></p> <p>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport now has 23 airlines serving more than 140 destinations. In the past year, the airport has welcomed four new airlines and restored almost all international destinations put on pause due to the pandemic. Visit <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly" target="_blank">https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly</a> to see all the destinations you can fly to from PHX.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNews

 

 

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