Ceremonial Street Signs Installed to Honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2494Street Transportation9/23/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2494/Pastor Stewart sign installation.jpgCeremonial Street Signs Installed to Honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. <div class="ExternalClass1268FBE152344B558EACCEC72938898D"><html> <p>​In partnership with First Institutional Baptist Church, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department on Friday unveiled and dedicated ceremonial street signs at the intersection of 12th and Jefferson streets that honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., the church's the long-time senior pastor and a prominent community activist. The ceremonial signs are mounted on the intersection's northeast and southwest traffic signal poles to designate the location as Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. Way.<br></p> <p> Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor and District 4 Councilmember Laura Pastor, and District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia joined a host of church and community leaders to give remarks and celebrate the installation of the signs. <br></p> <p> Dr. Stewart, Sr. has served as senior pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church since 1977 and is a community activist who advocates for the spiritual, social and economic needs of the community. He is known for preaching and teaching "Jesus is Justice" in 38 states and 51 countries, and is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his contributions to the community. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fibcaz.org/drwarrenhstewartsr">Read a complete biography about Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr.</a></p> <p> Phoenix follows a <a target="_blank" href="/streetssite/Documents/Ceremonial_Street_Sign_Procedure.pdf">Ceremonial Street Sign Procedure</a> to honor landmarks and people of historical significance. The signs feature a blue background with white lettering. The requesting organization or individual is responsible for the fabrication, installation, maintenance and repair of ceremonial signs, which require City Council approval. The Street Transportation Department fabricates and installs all of the city's street name, speed limit and traffic control signs. </p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Installation of the signs was approved by City Council during its Formal Meeting on August 31, 2022.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
City Council Approves Vision Zero Road Safety Action Planhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2473Street Transportation9/7/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2473/SafetyImage1.pngCity Council Approves Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan<div class="ExternalClass1B692B65542D4B2CB794E4C136A318AD"><html> <p>​​The Phoenix City Council <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>unanimously<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> approved during its Wednesday meeting a comprehensive Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan and the allocation of $10 million in annual funding for its implementation.​<br></p> <p>Traffic fatalities have increased in Phoenix over many years, and the Road Safety Action Plan creates a data-driven, decision-making process to identify and prioritize transportation safety improvements by using 41 actionable strategies. </p> <p>The goal of the Plan is to reduce the num​ber of traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Phoenix to zero by 2050, and connects with the Vision Zero philosophy that those types of incidents are preventable. The Plan also incorporates the Five E's of Traffic Safety: Evaluation, Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Equity.<br></p> <p>"My commitment to the people of Phoenix is to make our roadways safer, whether you're on foot, on a bike, or in a car," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "The action plan approved today places the city in a much better position to access federal dollars that will amplify our investment, making it possible to bring new safety infrastructure to even more of our neighborhoods."<br></p> <p>In addition to its 41 strategies, the Road Safety Action Plan also identifies a series of 31 performance measures linked to meeting the 2050 goal of zero traffic fatalities. Those benchmarks include a 25 percent reduction in traffic deaths by 2027 and a 65 percent reduction by 2035.</p> <p>"The Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan is the outcome of concerted efforts from staff in multiple city departments, experts in traffic design and technology, and external partners who listened to and discussed the needs of the community," said Debra Stark, District 3 Councilwoman and chair of the City Council Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee. "The Plan not only calls for safer and more reliable infrastructure and updated technology; it also incorporates effective enforcement, data analysis and ongoing public education to deliver a well-rounded approach to achieving road safety."<br></p> <p>Wednesday's City Council decision also approved formation of a Vision Zero Community Advisory Committee, which will provide feedback and recommendations regarding how the Plan is facilitated. The committee will consist of 11 members of the public, appointed by the Mayor and City Council members, who will receive quarterly updates about the implementation of the Plan.</p> <p>The Road Safety Action Plan is a culmination of an extensive planning effort that included a detailed five-year crash analysis (2016-2020), and a two-phase public engagement process that resulted in more than 5,000 comments from residents about roadway safety.</p> <p>"Developing and implementing a comprehensive Road Safety Action Plan is the top priority of the department," said Street Transportation Director Kini Knudson. "I'm grateful for the support of Mayor Gallego and the City Council toward this critical initiative. I'd also like to acknowledge the focused work of my staff and consultants in developing it. Improving roadway safety is a community effort and the Street Transportation Department has dedicated itself to the task of reversing recent trends and improving safety for all."<br></p> <p>The $10 million in annual funding to implement the Plan comes from $3 million allocated from the city's general fund, $2 million from Transportation 2050 (T2050) and $5 million from the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF).</p> <p>In March 2021, City Council unanimously approved funding for development of the Plan, and in January 2022 approved to incorporate the goals of Vision Zero into it. </p> <p>The approved Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan can be viewed by visiting <a target="_blank" href="/streets/roadsafety">Phoenix.gov/RoadSafety</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
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/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
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/streetsVideostreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix, ASU Partner in Street Smart Tech Pilothttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2420Street Transportation7/22/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2420/argos vision camera.jpgPhoenix, ASU Partner in Street Smart Tech Pilot<div class="ExternalClass200E291E580B4DB1B2538ECA9DAF53D4"><html> <p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><em>This article was originally published July 18, 2022 on </em><a target="_blank" href="https://research.asu.edu/"><em>research.asu.edu</em></a><em> - </em><a target="_blank" href="https://research.asu.edu/asu-entrepreneurs-develop-street-smart-cameras"><em>ASU entrepreneurs develop street smart cameras</em></a>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p><p>By Pete Zrioka<br>ASU Strategic Marketing and Communications​</p><p>It’s said that nothing is certain, except death and taxes. Let’s add a third certainty to that list: traffic.<br></p> <p>All across the globe, traffic engineers and city planners are locked in an eternal struggle to improve the flow of traffic, the efficiency of streets and the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Finding the best way to meet these goals requires an enormous amount of data, which is often difficult to collect and analyze.</p> <p>Two Arizona State University entrepreneurs are making this data easier to understand and access. Mohammad Farhadi and Yezhou Yang founded Argos Vision, a tech startup developing smart traffic cameras that can passively capture, analyze and deliver droves of data to help cities improve road safety and efficiency.</p> <p>Argos Vision emerged from Farhadi and Yang’s work as researchers in the <a target="_blank" href="https://scai.engineering.asu.edu/">School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence,</a> one of the <a target="_blank" href="https://engineering.asu.edu/">Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering</a>. Yang, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering and director of the <a target="_blank" href="https://yezhouyang.engineering.asu.edu/research-group/">Active Perception Group</a>, advised Farhadi as he pursued a doctorate in computer science. Farhadi earned his doctoral degree in spring 2022.</p> <p>The pair created a self-contained, solar-powered traffic camera that uses on-board computer vision, a type of artificial intelligence, to identify and classify what it sees.</p> <p>“We identified three major things we wanted to accomplish with this technology,” says Farhadi. “Cost reduction, privacy protection and rich metadata extraction.”</p> <p>Installing traffic cameras can be costly to local governments. Closing intersections to add new power and network cable to existing infrastructure is a lengthy and expensive process. Argos Vision solves this financial roadblock with a self-contained camera system that runs off solar power and transmits data over a cellular network.</p> <p>“We want to extract rich data that meets not only the minimum desire of cities, such as vehicle counting, but data that can be used in the future as well,” says Farhadi.</p> <p>Named for the many-eyed giant of Greek myth, the Argos algorithm can also capture detailed contextual information, including type of vehicle, dimensions, color and markings. It can also develop a 3D model of vehicles for future reference.</p> <p>Distinguishing vehicle type could be helpful for road maintenance. Roads degrade at different rates depending on their use, and understanding which vehicles use which roads at high rates may help cities better allocate resources and predict where preventative maintenance is most needed. For example, an Argos camera might observe large trucks commonly using a shortcut to access an industrial area.</p> <p>“At that location, a city might elect to reinforce a road so they don’t have to replace it every year,” says Farhadi.</p> <p>Despite the detailed information the Argos Vision technology collects, it does not employ any facial recognition or collect identifying information to protect the privacy of everyone on the road.</p> <p>Argos extracts detailed information using a novel software framework developed by Farhadi. As the Argos cameras take images, a neural network analyzes the images’ content and distills it into its component parts. Much like how our brains can quickly distinguish what we see into separate parts — person, dog on a leash, bus stop — a neural network uses a similar process to contextualize information.</p> <p>Traditionally, neural networks are computationally and power intensive, especially on small devices such as cameras. But Argos Vision’s software allows their neural network to run on low power and provide real-time traffic monitoring that collects incredibly detailed data, says Yang.</p> <p><strong>A new point of view</strong></p> <p>Say a city wants to figure out why the intersection of Main Street and 1st Avenue is frequently congested. The city might send someone to observe traffic, or put down road sensors to count cars, or use mobile phone sensors to estimate the number of drivers in the area.</p> <p>The problem with these methods is that the data collected is imprecise. Human observation only offers a snapshot of traffic and is prone to error. Road sensors don’t differentiate between buses, cars or emergency vehicles. Mobile data can’t tell whether 15 phone signals passing through an intersection represent 15 drivers or a mix of drivers, bus riders and pedestrians.</p> <p>“This doesn’t give you a clear picture, because these are snapshots of data. Traffic has a dynamic nature,” says Farhadi. “The beauty of using a computer vision–based system like ours is that it gives cities a permanent, precise flow of information.”</p> <p>Yang and Farhadi also see potential for the Argos system to augment and improve the function of autonomous vehicles.</p> <p>“We can provide autonomous vehicles with situational awareness of other vehicles or pedestrians outside the scope of their on-board sensors,” says Yang. “Also, our rich metadata could help local authorities measure how safe the AVs are while operating on public roads.”</p> <p>“Many of these research ideas, I have to attribute to Mohammed, thanks to his constant exploration of what is possible,” adds Yang.</p> <p>The permanent flow of data supplied by Argos cameras can help cities evaluate more than just motor vehicle traffic. It could also help policymakers and city planners improve safety for all road users.</p> <p>“Pedestrians are a big factor in street traffic,” says Farhadi. “Arizona has one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates, and we want to understand why that is happening and how to prevent it.”</p> <p><strong>Taking it to the streets</strong></p> <p>Argos cameras will be lending its vision to Arizona streets starting this summer, helping improve road safety for all users.</p> <p>In partnership with the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department, Argos Vision cameras will be installed at the intersections of <a target="_blank" href="https://goo.gl/maps/1YfEVrtHpZ781MTS8">3rd Avenue and Adams Street</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://goo.gl/maps/gGasmQECPAPrfRp7A">1st and Taylor streets</a> for a one-year pilot program.<br></p> <p>Both downtown locations - near City Hall and ASU’s Downtown campus, respectively - were chosen for their high pedestrian activity, says Simon T. Ramos, a traffic management and operations engineer in the <a target="_blank" href="/streets">Phoenix Street Transportation Department</a>.</p> <p>Along with collecting standard traffic information like number of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, the Argos camera will be cataloging near miss data.</p> <p>“Say there's a close call, where a vehicle crosses the path of a pedestrian. We can identify these conflict hotspots,” says Ramos.</p> <p>Through its persistent monitoring and evaluation, Argos’ data will identify conflict areas between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Ramos and his department can use the near miss data to then develop tailored safety measures to mitigate such conflicts, such as changing signal timing or the visible markings on the road.</p> <p>This effort aligns with Phoenix’s plan to incorporate Vision Zero principles into its <a target="_blank" href="/streets/roadsafety">Road Safety Action Plan</a>. <a target="_blank" href="https://visionzeronetwork.org/">Vision Zero</a> - a strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and increase mobility within urban areas - <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2217">was adopted by Phoenix City Council in early 2022​</a>, joining more than 40 other U.S. communities striving for safer, more equitable roadways.<br></p> <p>The city already has an array of traffic cameras collecting data, but Argos provides a more cost-effective alternative than existing systems.</p> <p>“What really kind of drew our attention to this specific technology was it is economically cheaper than the competition,” says Ramos. “Phoenix is committed to working smarter and spending wisely and it’s an ongoing effort to identify technologies to improve travel times and reduce congestion and accidents.”</p> <p>The Argos Vision team is looking forward to contributing to the city’s goals while refining their technology.</p> <p>“Together with the city, we are excited to bring advanced AI technologies from ASU onto Arizona roads for social good,” says Yang.</p> <p><strong>Getting caught in traffic</strong></p> <p>Farhadi and Yang’s collaboration goes back to 2016, when both were newcomers to ASU.</p> <p>“The school organized a student recruitment session, and I brought a poster of my research,” recalls Yang. “Four or five people stopped by, but Mohammad was the only person who was interested.”</p> <p>Combining Yang’s expertise in computer vision and Farhadi’s background in hardware acceleration and computer networks, Argos Vision was born.  When they begin looking for the most lucrative use of their technology, they first landed on shopping malls.</p> <p>“We focused on tracking the movement and amount of people to improve the HVAC efficiency in a retail area,” says Farhadi.</p> <p>However, they found this route to be a dead end. Not only were a lot of competitors pursing this application, but stores simply weren’t willing to justify the installation cost to save on heating and cooling. Retailers also wanted to a system that could tell them more about their customers.</p> <p>“We couldn’t tell you everything about somebody,” says Ryan Kemmet, Argos’ business and legal advisor. “We don’t have facial recognition and we can’t link people to their Facebook account or anything.”</p> <p>Kemmet was drawn into the Argos orbit when Farhadi and Yang joined the <a target="_blank" href="https://entrepreneurship.asu.edu/learn/nsf-innovation-corps-i-corps-site">National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Site at ASU</a> (NSF I-Corps). The five week training program, led by the <a target="_blank" href="https://entrepreneurship.asu.edu/">J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute</a>, includes entrepreneurial training, industry mentorship and financial support for researchers looking to commercialize their technology research. Kemmet served as Argos’ industry mentor during their ASU I-Corps participation, which serves as a springboard for the nationwide NSF I-Corps program. After completing the ASU program, they were selected to continue onto the national version.</p> <p>“It’s quite an intensive program,” says Kemmet. “We went through some initial ideas of what we thought the applications of this technology would be, but it was the work in the national I-Corps program that helped us define the beachhead application for this technology.”</p> <p>I-Corps, along with Farhadi and Yang’s professional experience and interests, ultimately led Argos to traffic monitoring. Farhadi learned about the growing need for active traffic monitoring during a 2020 summer internship with the Ford Motor Company. Yang saw the potential from his work with the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcommerce.com/iam">Institute of Automated Mobility</a>, which brings together academia, government and industry to develop a safe, efficient ecosystem to support testing and adoption of autonomous vehicles in Arizona.</p> <p><strong>Getting in the driver’s seat</strong></p> <p>Prior to participating in I-Corps, Yang and Farhadi participated in a number of Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute programs to strengthen their venture and connect to resources and entrepreneurial communities. </p> <p>Argos joined Edson E+I Institute’s <a target="_blank" href="https://entrepreneurship.asu.edu/launch/venture-devils">Venture Devils</a> in 2020. The program provides mentorship and support to fledgling businesses, social enterprises and nonprofits founded by ASU students, faculty, staff and local community members with ties to ASU. The program includes an opportunity to participate in Demo Day, a biannual pitch competition where Venture Devils startups make their case for investment to a range of funding sources. In the <a target="_blank" href="https://news.asu.edu/20211207-entrepreneurship-alumni-student-entrepreneurs-win-investment-cash-demo-day">fall 2021 Demo Day</a>, Argos secured $6,500 in funding.</p> <p>They also enrolled in the <a target="_blank" href="https://entrepreneurship.asu.edu/national-security-academic-accelerator-nsa2">National Security Academic Accelerator (NSA2</a>), to explore the national security applications of their technology. A partnership between Edson E+I and  the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nsin.mil/">National Security Innovation Network</a>, NSA2 creates connections between ASU-led ventures and Department of Defense representatives and opportunities, as well as providing tailored training and mentorship. NSA2 was instrumental was helping Argos navigate the complexities of assembling a proposal for a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.sbir.gov/">Small Business Innovation Research</a> award with the Department of Transportation.</p> <p>“It’s a powerful resource,” says Farhadi of Edson E+I. “Coming from Iran, I had entrepreneurial experience, but the U.S. has a totally different culture, totally different business landscape. Edson E+I has connected us with the right people, like Ryan, and really propelled Argos Vision.”</p> <p>In Iran, Farhadi ran a business providing internet-based phone service and network security to remote regions. He watched his father found and operate a telecom company from a young age, which left an impression on him.</p> <p>“Iran is a consumer country, most of the time technology is imported from elsewhere,” he says. “But when my father starting selling his devices in country, suddenly there was trust in a local company. That’s something I’ve tried to pursue in my life — people trusting your work.”</p> <p>Despite entrepreneurship being a family tradition, starting a company wasn’t on his mind when he came to the U.S. to study. However, Farhadi relishes the opportunity to forge his own path.</p> <p>“When you work at a company, you work within someone else’s system, you have specific goals that are assigned to you. You might be able to achieve them however you want, but they aren’t your goals,” says Farhadi. “As an entrepreneur, you create your own system. You set your own goals.”</p> <p>Yang, recently named a <a target="_blank" href="https://fullcircle.asu.edu/faculty/asu-entrepreneurial-program-expands-research-impact/">Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor</a>, says Edson E+I resources and programs are preparing entrepreneurs in AI like himself and Farhadi for very timely opportunities.</p> <p>“As a professor in AI, I wouldn’t have been interested in entrepreneurship 20 or 30 years ago. The technology was just not ready,” he says. “Right now, we’re at a very special time, where the technology is maturing and the market is very hungry for real world applications. So having the connections and resources facilitated by ASU and Edson E+I to find those applications has been very helpful.”<br></p><p><a href="https://research.asu.edu/" target="_blank">To learn more about research at Arizona State University, vist ASU Knowledge Enterprise (research.asu.edu)</a>.​<br></p><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Road Safety Action Plan - Summer 2022 Updatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2418Street Transportation6/28/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/IeIsUJAFF94Road Safety Action Plan - Summer 2022 Update<div class="ExternalClass3754FAB53C9946398B97092EDCF5B463"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The Phoenix Street Transportation Department is developing a comprehensive Road Safety Action Plan that will incorporate the goals of Vision Zero. Vision Zero is built around a core philosophy that traffic-related deaths and serious injuries are preventable. </p> <p>Community members are encouraged to watch this update presentation, and then read the draft Road Safety Action Plan and provide feedback by taking a survey. The draft plan and English and Spanish versions of the survey are available on <a href="/streets/roadsafety" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/RoadSafety</a>. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and be open through August 31, 2022.<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <p> <a href="/streetssite/Documents/RSAP_Draft.pdf" target="_blank">Read the DRAFT Road Safety Action Plan</a> <br> </p> </li> <li> <p> <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PhxRoadSafety" target="_blank">Take the survey in English</a> </p> </li> <li> <p> <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PhxRoadSafetySPA" target="_blank">Take the survey in Spanish</a> <br> </p> </li> </ul> <p>Community feedback is integral to the development of the plan, and it's clear that community members care deeply about road safety. About 2,500 residents completed an online survey that was available ealier this year, indicating that preventing fatal crashes and enforcing driver behavior were their top priorities. The results of that survey were used to create the draft plan that is now available for the community to review.​ An updated and final version of the plan ​is expected to be presented to Phoenix City Council for approval this fall.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsVideostreet-transportationStreets
Central Avenue Closed at Salt River Bridge Next Three Weekendshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2374Street Transportation6/7/2022 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2374/Public_Transit_Newsroom_38.pngCentral Avenue Closed at Salt River Bridge Next Three Weekends<div class="ExternalClass158BB064CF12411DBC8319CADA4D0C8C"><html> <p>​​Construction crews are making progress on the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/">South Central Extension/Downtown Hub</a> light rail project. In addition to 5.5 miles of new track and eight stations, the project also includes upgrades to existing infrastructure.</p> <p>Beginning Friday, June 10, crews will be reinforcing the Salt River Bridge to allow the historic structure to support light rail trains when the extension opens in 2024.<br></p> <p>To complete the work, the bridge will be closed to motorists during June weekends:</p> <p></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>10 p.m. Friday, June 10 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 13<br></li><li>10 p.m. Friday, June 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 20<br></li><li>10 p.m. Friday, June 24 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 27</li></ul> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>During those three weekends, Central Avenue will be closed south of Watkins Street to Rio Salado Scenic Drive. Motorists may use 7th Avenue or 7th Street to cross the Salt River. Additionally, all bus stops along Central Avenue between Buckeye and Broadway roads will be closed. </p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://valley-metro-vulcan.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/projects/downloads/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/construction-notices/CB_20220603_Salt-River-Bridge-Work_Detour-Notice_English.pdf">View the closure notice and detour map</a><br></p> <p>To stay updated on the latest construction information, download the <a target="_blank" href="https://drupal-space.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/s3fs-public/uploads/event-resources/construct_vm_app_qr_code_directions.pdf">Construct VM - South Central app</a> or visit <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/">ValleyMetro.org/SouthCentral​</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
$7M in Federal Funds will Improve Safety at Two Phoenix Railroad Crossingshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2366Street Transportation6/3/2022 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2366/19th Ave and McDowell RR crossing (Newsroom crop).jpg$7M in Federal Funds will Improve Safety at Two Phoenix Railroad Crossings<div class="ExternalClass1D07A878B4B74C3181D63ABAC3833F7E"><html> <p>​​The Federal Railroad Administration announced on Thursday that $7.1 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program funds will support proposed upgrades to the railroad crossings at 43rd Avenue and Camelback Road and 19th Avenue and McDowell Road. In addition to the grant funding, the City of Phoenix will provide a 30 percent match toward the projects.<br></p> <p>Improvements to be made to these two complex and heavily trafficked railroad crossings will include installation of gate arms, signalization and increased sidewalk width for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, as well as minor road upgrades including realignment of traffic signals and widening. Both crossings currently are not protected by gate arms, just cantilevered signals.</p> <p>The money for these projects comes from the more than $368 million in CRISI grant funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Transportation this week to address 46 projects in 32 states. These investments will play a crucial role in modernizing the nation's rail infrastructure and strengthening supply chains, and help to reduce congestion and get people and goods where they need to go quickly and more affordably.<br></p><p>CRISI funds projects that improve safety and railroad infrastructure, reduce congestion, relocate rail lines, conduct rail-related research, and enhance multi-modal connnections between rail and other modes of transport such as ports or intermodal facilities. <br></p> <p> <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/biden-administration-announces-over-368-million-grants-improve-rail-infrastructure" target="_blank">Read the full U.S. Department of Transportation Department CRISI grant program funds announcement</a> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets



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