October is National Pedestrian Safety Monthhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2087Street Transportation10/1/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2087/Newsroom_Streets_001.jpgOctober is National Pedestrian Safety Month<div class="ExternalClassCE9552603157462B8A7694197580A1AE"><html> <p>The month of October has been designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as National Pedestrian Safety Month.<br></p><p>The Phoenix Street Transportation Department will join organizations nationwide in this month's effort to increase awareness about pedestrian safety, and remind people driving or walking that staying safe is a shared responsibility.<br></p><p>Community members are encouraged to follow the department's Twitter account for tips, guidelines and other resources that explain how everyone can work together to create a safe roadway environment this October, and throughout the year.<br></p><p>According to NHTSA data, from September to February more than 30 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 and 9 p.m. That trend coincides with the time of year when it starts to get darker earlier in the evening, as well as when the weather in the Phoenix area cools down and more people head outside to exercise and participate in other activities.<br></p><p>At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Keep the tips below top of mind during National Pedestrian Safety Month and every month.<br></p><p><strong>Driving Safety Tips</strong></p><div><ul><li><p>Look out for people walking and using mobility devices everywhere, at all times. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.<br></p></li><li><p>Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk. And, never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can't see.<br></p></li><li><p>Yield to people in crosswalks, and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see and stop for the crossing pedestrians.<br></p></li><li><p>Drive your vehicle responsibly: always follow the posted speed limit.<br></p></li><li><p>Be extra cautious when backing up – always look for people behind you.​<br></p></li></ul></div><p><strong>Walking Safety Tips</strong></p><div><ul><li><p>Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If one isn't available, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.<br></p></li><li><p>Keep alert at all times. Don't be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (or ears) off the road.<br></p></li><li><p>Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians, and look for cars in all directions, including those turning. If neither are available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely and watch for traffic as you cross.<br></p></li><li><p>Be mindful of reduced visibility at night time. A flashlight or reflective clothing greatly increases visibility when walking at night.<br></p></li><li><p>Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.<br></p></li></ul></div><p>Additional pedestrian safety guidelines and resources can be found by visiting <a href="https://www.nhtsa.gov/" target="_blank">NHTSA.gov</a> or <a href="/Streets" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Streets</a>. <br></p><p>Check out the <a href="/streets/headsup" target="_blank">City of Phoenix's Heads Up!</a> campaign for learning materials like the downloadable <a href="/streetssite/Documents/HeadsUp_Pedestrian_Safety_Activity_Book.pdf" target="_blank">pedestrian safety activity book​</a>, which is also available in <a href="/streetssite/Documents/HeadsUp_Pedestrian_Safety_activity_Book_SP.pdf" target="_blank">Spanish</a>; also, stream the<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhltzXheEsI&feature=emb_title" target="_blank"> Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet PSA</a>.  <br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Shares Results from First Year of Cool Pavement Studyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2064Street Transportation9/15/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2064/Newsroom_Streets_033_CoolPvmt.jpgPhoenix Shares Results from First Year of Cool Pavement Study<div class="ExternalClass1D8E14CE355E4822B23B53EE84767D64"><html> <p>​​The City of Phoenix <a href="/streets" target="_blank">Street Transportation Department</a> and <a href="/sustainability" target="_blank">Office of Sustainability</a> announced during a virtual presentation and panel discussion on September 14 the results of the first year of its Cool Pavement Pilot Program. The program and analysis of the cool pavement process is being conducted in partnership with Arizona State University (ASU). </p> <p>Year one of the study done by scientists at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Healthy Urban Environments, and the Urban Climate Research Center revealed that reflective pavement surface temperatures are considerably lower than traditional roadway pavement. <br></p> <p>“This is exactly what we were hoping for,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “The results are promising. While there’s more work to be done, it’s exciting to see a technology that has the potential to meet the demands of a growing desert city in a world where temperatures are constantly climbing.”  </p> <p>Cool pavement coating reflects a higher portion of the sunlight that hits it, hence absorbing less heat. Because of this higher reflection, the coating has the potential to offset rising nighttime temperatures in the region.</p> <p>In 2020, the city selected portions of eight neighborhoods, one in each City Council district and part of the parking lot in Esteban Park, to receive cool pavement treatment. The asphalt coating was applied to areas already in need of pavement preservation. The city then partnered with ASU researchers to conduct scientific tests of the cool paved areas, studying how it performed and how it might be used to mitigate the urban heat island effect.</p> <p>Findings from year one of the study include:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Cool pavement revealed lower surface temperatures at all times of the day versus traditional asphalt. </li><li>Cool pavement had an average surface temperature 10.5 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit lower than traditional asphalt at noon and during the afternoon hours. Surface temperatures at sunrise averaged 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit lower.</li><li>Sub-surface temperatures averaged 4.8 degrees Fahrenheit lower in areas treated with cool pavement.</li><li>Nighttime air temperature at six feet of height was on average 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit lower over cool pavement than on the non-treated surfaces.</li><li>The human experience of heat exposure at noon and the afternoon hours was 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit higher due to surface reflectivity, but similar to walking on a typical concrete sidewalk.</li><li>Surface solar reflectivity declined over 10 months from a range of 33 to 38 percent to a range of 19 to 30 percent across all eight neighborhoods. Untreated asphalt has a reflectivity of only 12 percent.</li></ul> <p>“This project is an excellent example of innovation and collaboration,” Street Transportation Department Director Kini Knudson said. “City staff innovated a spray-application method that greatly reduced time and labor costs, and then collaborated with ASU to use applied science to study its effectiveness. While we continue to study the initial cool pavement installations, we will soon begin a second phase of testing using a darker material that has been engineered to have an even higher surface reflectivity.”<br></p> <p>Scientific data collection during year one of the study included thermal imaging through helicopter flyovers, temperature sensors embedded in the pavement surface, and other advanced instruments to conduct testing across various heat metrics. ASU researchers also developed MaRTy (derived from ‘Mean Radiant Temperature’), a specially designed mobile weather station that evaluates the human experience of heat by measuring 3D mean radiant temperature, air temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed and direction. Additionally, a vehicle equipped with air and surface temperature sensors traveled over the treated areas to gather data during four times of the day.</p><p>Asphalt collects and retains heat during the day and releases it at night. Phoenix is among several cities that are experiencing the urban heat island effect, particularly overnight, due to the retention of heat within the built environment. Higher nighttime temperatures lead to more energy consumption, more greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and other harmful effects.<br></p><p><a href="/streetssite/Documents/Phoenix%20Cool%20Pavement%20Exec%20Summary_091420213.pdf" target="_blank">Read the Executive Summary of ASU's scientific study (PDF)</a><br></p> <p>To learn more about cool pavement and the next phases of the program, visit <a target="_blank" href="/streets/coolpavement">Phoenix.gov/Streets/CoolPavement​</a>.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
7th Street Bridge Reopenshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2043Street Transportation8/28/2021 3:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2043/7th Street bridge reopening.jpg7th Street Bridge Reopens<div class="ExternalClass59A6BABE2376454BBEB563AA4053DC73"><html> <p>​After an expedited six-month repair and reconstruction project, the <a href="/streets" target="_blank">City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department​</a> reopened the 7th Street bridge on Saturday at 7 a.m.</p> <p>Following a gas utility line fire, the bridge, and city trails under the bridge, have been closed since February 28. Approximately 40 percent of the structure was damaged and needed to be demolished and rebuilt.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://youtu.be/Df6hJw4RQxU" title="Watch time-lapse video of the 7th Street bridge construction project">Watch time-lapse video of the demolition and construction project​</a></p> <p>“I'm proud of the work and focus of the construction team to complete this complicated process in an expedited fashion," Street Transportation Department Director Kini Knudson said. “The bridge is a major connection route for residents and it was important to limit the impact of this emergency closure. I'd also like to thank the community for its patience."</p> <p>The cost of the repair and reconstruction project is $8.8 million. Funding sources for the project are still being finalized, but will include support from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Emergency Relief Program. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing and insurance claims cannot be made until that process is complete. </p> <p>Interesting project facts:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>20 new rebar-reinforced concrete girders were installed, each weighing 191,000 pounds</li><li>Repouring of the driving surface required 705 tons of concrete</li><li>The bridge deck was poured on August 6, requiring a convoy of more than 80 concrete trucks</li><li>Handrails along the entire bridge were replaced and updated to meet current safety standards</li><li>The new portion of the bridge has a 75-year lifespan</li></ul> <p>Access to city trails under the 7th Street bridge, which are part of the <a href="/parks/trails/locations/rio-salado-habitat-restoration-area" target="_blank">Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area</a>, will continue to be restricted. A project to refurbish the trails and revegetate the area around them is scheduled to be completed in late November 2021. </p> <p>The trailheads at 16th Street and Central Avenue are open, and trail users are able to travel west of 16th Street and east of Central Avenue, but will be required to turn around before reaching the area near the 7th Street bridge.</p> <p>Visit <a href="/streets/7thstsaltriverbridge" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Streets/7thStSaltRiverBridge</a> to learn more about the project and view construction photos.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Celebrates 500 Miles of Paving City Roads Since Implementing Accelerated Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2009Street Transportation8/5/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2009/StreetTransportationDept_APMP.jpgPhoenix Celebrates 500 Miles of Paving City Roads Since Implementing Accelerated Program<div class="ExternalClassD5C0C707AE3446F7B90D90FAC28C9D06"><html> <div></div><div><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p></p><p>The city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department reached a milestone in its <a href="/pavement" target="_blank">Accelerate Pavement Maintenance Program (APMP)</a> – 500 miles of mill and overlay treatment have been completed. Mill and overlay is the city’s most intensive treatment to rehabilitate a road needing repairs. <br></p><p>Phoenix has a street network spanning more than 4,800 miles. Between January 2019 and June 2023 the Street Transportation Department will significantly improve, at an unprecedented pace, the condition of the city’s major streets as a part of the voter-approved <a href="http://www.t2050.org" target="_blank">Transportation 2050 (T2050)</a> plan. Just two years into the APMP, the city is seeing significant results. <br></p><p>Counting all street preservation treatments, including mill and overlay, more than 1,400 miles of streets have received treatment – that is 29 percent, or more than a quarter of all city streets. <br></p><p>To watch a video about the accomplishment, visit the City of Phoenix Instagram account, or <a href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CSK4ImgJRuJ/?utm_medium=copy_link" target="_blank">click here.​</a><br></p><p>To see which streets will be treated next, visit the award-winning interactive pavement maintenance dashboard <a href="https://phoenix.gov/pavement" target="_blank">here.​</a>​​</p></div> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Ceremonial Signs Honor Journalist Don Bolles who was Killed by a Car Bomb in 1976https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1982Street Transportation7/8/2021 11:58:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1982/Newsroom_Streets_032.jpgCeremonial Signs Honor Journalist Don Bolles who was Killed by a Car Bomb in 1976<div class="ExternalClass8105022C73594C6A94A0EC6BC01636FB"><html> <div>​Award-winning Arizona Republic journalist Donald “Don” Bolles was killed in 1976 when a car bomb detonated at 4th and Clarendon avenues outside what was then called the Hotel Clarendon. Management of the Clarendon Hotel recently sought to honor Bolles’ life and memorialize him by paying for ceremonial signs, which were installed Tuesday. The request received unanimous support from the Mayor and City Council and signs were installed at both 4th Avenue and Clarendon and 4th Avenue and Osborn Road.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Bolles earned a reputation as a hard-hitting investigative journalist who took on powerful politicians, probed links between the horse racing industry and the mafia and investigated all manner of fraud and corruption in the state. His work also led to important legislative and policy changes. After a drunk driver killed three college students in 1971, Bolles’ investigation into the driver’s plea deal and parole led to stricter DUI laws in Arizona.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“On behalf of the City of Phoenix, I offer our thanks to Daron Brotherton – who has owned the Clarendon Hotel since 2019 – for honoring Don Bolles’ life and career with these ceremonial signs,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “Don was a crusader for justice who made our city a better place. Although 45 years have passed since his death, his legacy is still very much alive.”  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The lives of Bolles’ seven children and his wife, Rosalie, were forever changed that day in 1976 when his vehicle exploded outside the hotel where he was supposed to meet an informant.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Arizona and the city of Phoenix are better because of journalists like Don Bolles,” Councilwoman Laura Pastor said. “I thank my colleagues for supporting the ceremonial re-naming of Don Bolles Way as a lasting tribute to his life’s work.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Phoenix has a <a href="/streetssite/Documents/Ceremonial_Street_Sign_Procedure.pdf" target="_blank">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 Mayor and Council approval. The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department makes and installs all the city’s street signs, speed limit and traffic control signs. In a typical week, the Sign Shop installs, repairs or replaces 250 to 350 signs across the city.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Learn more about the Street Transportation Department at <a href="/streets" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/streets</a> and follow the department on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">@StreetsPHX</a>.<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Two-Way Protected Bike Lanes are a City First, New Option for Bicycle Commuters & Downtown Residentshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1940Street Transportation6/8/2021 9:10:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1940/Newsroom_Streets_021_T-WPBL.jpgTwo-Way Protected Bike Lanes are a City First, New Option for Bicycle Commuters & Downtown Residents<div class="ExternalClass4344F10D01EA40FD9599F6DC9EA228EF"><html> <p></p> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">New two-way protected bicycle lanes are now open on 3rd Avenue between Roosevelt Street and McDowell Road. It is the city’s first such bicycle amenity. The dedicated facility for people riding bicycles is part of a <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdand5thavenues" title="">capital improvement project</a> to increase safety, improve corridor circulation and expand bicycle facilitates in downtown Phoenix.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The two-way protected bicycle lanes are a physically separated bicycle track that provides for north-south bicycle movement on a street that carries vehicle traffic in the northbound only direction. Nearby segments of the project are still currently under construction.  Always stay alert, slow down, and obey signs in work zones.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Follow these tips to safely navigate these two-way protected bicycle lanes:</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <p> <strong>People Driving Vehicles:</strong> </p> <div> <ul> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">This segment of 3rd Avenue is only one-way (north) for vehicle traffic. However, people riding bicycles will be going north and south in the two-way protected bicycle lanes.</span> </li> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Be alert and expect people riding bicycles in both directions, especially near and at intersections.</span> </li> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Do not drive through or cross into the bollards separating the two-way protected bicycle lanes.</span> </li> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">On-street parking is only available on the west side of the street. The east side is for the two-way protected bicycle lanes.</span> </li> </ul> </div> <div><p> <strong>People Riding Bicycles:</strong> </p> </div> <div> <ul> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Stay alert – lookout for pedestrians in the area as well as vehicle traffic.</span> </li> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Stay on the right side of the bicycle lane in your direction of travel and allow ample space for people riding in the opposite direction.</span> </li> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Understand not every pedestrian, bicycle rider, or person driving a vehicle will know how to properly use two-way protected bicycle lanes. Help to educate others if you encounter a teachable moment. </span> </li> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The traffic signal at 3rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street includes a phase to encourage people on bicycles to safely cross the intersection. Please follow all signs and obey traffic signals.</span> </li> </ul> </div> <div><p> <strong>People Walking: </strong> </p> </div> <div> <ul> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The two-way protected bicycle lanes are intended for people riding bicycles only. Do not walk in them.</span> </li> <li> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Be alert – look for two-way bike traffic traveling north and south when walking along 3rd Avenue.</span> </li> </ul> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The Street Transportation Department plans to continue the two-way protected bicycle lanes north of McDowell Road on 3rd Avenue when funding is available to construct the <a href="/streets/3rdand5thavenuesnorth" target="_blank">3rd and 5th Avenues North​</a> project.</span></div><div> </div> <div><span style="font-family:Calibri;"> <br> <span style="font-size:12px;">Media Contacts:</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:12px;">Heather Murphy, 602-292-3883<br></span></div><div><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:12px;">Ashley Patton, 602-292-3704</span><br></span></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Construction to Repair 7th Street Bridge Set to Begin Mondayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1803Street Transportation3/12/2021 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1803/Newsroom_Streets_031.pngConstruction to Repair 7th Street Bridge Set to Begin Monday<div class="ExternalClass00B96AEC6954464192E0F9C503EC3B56"><html> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">​A fire on Feb. 28 caused significant damage to the 7th Street Bridge over the Salt River. Construction to repair the bridge will begin on Monday, March 15. The bridge will remain closed for approximately six months.<br></p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">Today, infrastructure is being installed at the river bottom, underneath the bridge, to support the reconstruction work and allow construction access.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">Because of the damage caused by the fire, and upon extensive structural analysis, it was determined that approximately 35% of the bridge needs to be removed and rebuilt.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">The City of Phoenix is committed to reopening the bridge as safely and quickly as possible and asks for your patience as work continues. Please take an alternate route when possible and allow extra time when traveling through this area. The area is an active construction zone -- always exercise caution in work zones to keep both yourself and crews safe.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </p> <h2 style="line-height:1.4;">Traffic Impacts</h2> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">The 7th Street Bridge over the Salt River remains closed. Restrictions are in place on 7th Street between Broadway Road and the I-17.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">Motorists are encouraged to use 7th Avenue or 16th Street as alternative routes. Nearby travel restrictions are detailed below. Follow <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?3eb72eb554172662fa07da56c5d7a998f406d07c789713e0" target="_blank">@StreetsPHX</a> on Twitter for updates.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">North of the bridge:</p> <ul style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <li>Hard closure south of University Drive.</li> <li>Lane restrictions from I-17 to University Drive.</li> </ul> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">South of the bridge:<br></p> <ul style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <li>Hard closure north of Victory Street.</li> <li>Soft closure at Elwood Street – local traffic only.<br></li> </ul> <div style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </div> <h2 style="line-height:1.4;"> <strong>Bus Service Impacts</strong> </h2> <ul style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <li>Phoenix Bus Route 7 (7th Street) is on detour between I-17 and Broadway Road.</li> <li>The last bus stops before the detour are Mohave Street and Broadway Road. <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></li> <li>Riders can check out detour details at <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?1ea9efc23d2d002acd9919a37a441544baac9945b3225eff" target="_blank">valleymetro.org/rider-alerts</a>.</li> </ul> <div style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </div> <h2 style="line-height:1.4;"> <strong>Parks, Preserves and Trails Impacts</strong> </h2> <ul style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <li>The 7th Street Trailhead is temporarily closed and access to trails under the 7th Street bridge is restricted.  </li> <li>The trailheads at 16th Street and Central Avenue are open, and hikers are able to travel west of 16th Street and east of Central Avenue, but will be required to turn around before reaching the area near the 7th Street bridge.</li> </ul> <div style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </div> <h2 style="line-height:1.4;"> <strong>Background Information</strong> </h2> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;"> <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?c6119bec3c1e9b46c4d04ff49a133292feb8124d4cf8fb1e" target="_blank">PHX Newsroom</a> <br> </p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;"> <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?aa6cc8110a3a63b12b73bf1f53e316425fb23b99cae28405" target="_blank">Press Conference</a> <br> </p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">​<br></p> <h2 style="line-height:1.4;"> <strong>Media Contacts</strong> </h2> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">Street Transportation: Ashley Patton, 602-292-3704 or <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?a76d15edca9194881d679e0deb6db0dad4bb967f93e84573" target="_blank">ashley.patton@phoenix.gov</a></p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">Parks and Recreation: Gregg Bach, 602-350-1506 or <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?c9907c0df93cd1d8120881f7401b2a4bb54a884f33a94b9f" target="_blank">gregg.bach@phoenix.gov</a><br></p> <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
7th Street Bridge Over Salt River Closed Until Further Noticehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1777Street Transportation3/1/2021 12:10:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1777/Newsroom_Fire_Incident_FEB_28.jpg7th Street Bridge Over Salt River Closed Until Further Notice<div class="ExternalClass8547B60169FA47B4A0705EF059B0EDBE"><html> <p>Early this morning, a fire involving a gas line led to the closure of 7th Street north and south of the Salt River, between Broadway Road and the I-17. This portion of 7th Street will remain closed to vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists until further notice. Public access under the bridge is also restricted until further notice. Fire is continuing its investigation into the cause of the fire. No firefighter or citizen injuries were reported on scene.  ​<br></p><p>“The next weeks and months won't be easy, but we will get through it,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “The City of Phoenix will do everything in its power to improve traffic flow and transit options, especially for those who live and work south of the River. <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>“I particularly want to thank Phoenix Fire for their swift response and handling of this incident. I appreciate work on the part of the Street Transportation, Parks and Public Transit departments for what they've done so far and all the work that's yet to come.” </p><div><br></div><h3>Detours ​</h3><p>As work continues in this area, the City of Phoenix asks for your patience. Please allow extra time when traveling through this area, take an alternate route, and always slow down in work zones to keep both yourself and crews safe.  <br></p><p>People driving, walking or biking are asked to <strong>avoid this area</strong> when possible. Recommended detours:​<br></p><p>• East: 16th Street or 24th Street  </p><p>• West: 7th Avenue or even 19th Avenue </p><p>• Due to the continuing work on the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub">South Central Light Rail Extension</a>, we do not recommend Central Avenue as an alternative route. </p><p>• Those needing local access (local traffic) to the closed area will be permitted. </p><div><br></div><h3>Bus Service Impacts </h3><p>Phoenix Bus Route 7 (7th Street) is on detour between I-17 and Broadway Road. Riders can check out detour details on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">@valleymetro</a> or <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/rider-alerts" target="_blank">valleymetro.org/rider-alerts</a>. </p><div><br></div><h3>City Parks, Preserves and Trails<br></h3><p>• Natural trails running in either direction under the bridge are closed until further notice.  </p><p>• The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area’s 7th Street Trailhead will be closed until further notice, and 7th Street is closed prior the access point to the trailhead. </p><p>• If accessing the natural trails from other designated <a target="_blank" href="https://riosalado.audubon.org/visit/rio-salado-habitat-restoration-area">Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area​</a> trailheads to the east or west of the 7th Street bridge, trail users will be required to stop and return to their original starting point and not pass under the 7th Street bridge. </p><div><p>• City staff will continue to monitor any environmental impact. ​</p><br></div><h3>Timeline<br></h3><p>There are many variables to re-opening the bridge. At minimum, the bridge is expected to be closed for a several months, but depending on the severity of the damage, it could be longer.  </p><p>The city and its partners will be diligently working to make repairs and re-open the bridge. Safety of roadway users is the top priority.  <br></p><p>Residents with additional questions can email <a target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov​</a> or call 602-262-3111 during regular City of Phoenix business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).<br></p><div><br></div><p><strong>Media Contacts: </strong><br>Fire PIO, 602-370-5718 <br>Street Transportation: Ashley Patton, 602-292-3704 or Ashley.Patton@Phoenix.gov <br>Parks and Recreation: Gregg Bach, 602-350-1506 or Gregg.Bach@Phoenix.gov <br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets



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