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Street Transportation Impacted Services Updatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1069Street Transportation3/19/2020 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1069/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngStreet Transportation Impacted Services Update<div class="ExternalClassFE2BEC926BAF4D75B6AF24F905B71794"><html>​<a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong></a>  <br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><em style="font-size:13.3333px;">Use Translate button to read in another language</em>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br><br><strong>Paving season has started. Will our streets still be paved and striped?<br></strong>Yes, paving and other street rehabilitation is continuing on the accelerated schedule as approved by City Council.<br><br><strong>Will current construction projects like the 24th Street Bridge continue?</strong><br>Yes. Scheduled projects that are currently underway will continue. <br><br><strong>Is landscape maintenance going to continue on the quarterly schedule on the website?</strong><br>Yes. As of right now, landscape maintenance will continue as scheduled.<br><br><strong>(PERMITS) I need a utility, right-of-way, block party, special event or revocable permit. Will those be issued?  </strong><br>Utility, traffic control and revocable permits are still being processed. Special event and block party permits are not being issued for events taking place between now and at least May 4, 2020. This guidance may change. <br><br><strong>I</strong><strong>s the city approving Special Events in the Right-of-Way?</strong><br>No, the city has suspended scheduling any special events in the right-of-way through at least May 4, 2020.<br><br><strong>Will street sweepers still clean my neighborhood streets?</strong><br>Yes. As of right now, street sweeping will continue as scheduled.<br><br><h3>Damage or Malfunctions</h3><strong>What do I do if there's a pothole? </strong><br>Call (602) 262-6441 or use <a href="https://Phoenix.gov/AtYourService" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/AtYourService</a>.<br><br><strong>A traffic signal is malfunctioning, what do I do?</strong> <br>Call (602) 262-6021 of use<span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span><a style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-size:13.3333px;" href="https://phoenix.gov/AtYourService" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/AtYourService​</a><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">.</span><br><br><strong>What do I do if there is a street light outage?</strong> <br>Call (602) 495-5125 or use<span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span><a style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-size:13.3333px;" href="https://phoenix.gov/AtYourService" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/AtYourService​</a><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">.</span><br><br><strong>Are parking meters operational and do I have to pay for parking?</strong><br>Yes. Please continue using parking meters.<br><br><strong>What do I do if a parking meter is not working or has malfunctioned?</strong><br>Report meter malfunctions to (602) 495-6769.<br><br><strong>What do I do if a street sign missing or damaged?</strong><br>If it is a sign that regulates traffic (Stop, Yield, etc.) call (602) 262-6441. If it is a street name sign or other non-regulatory sign (block watch, point of pride, etc.),<span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span><a style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-size:13.3333px;" href="https://phoenix.gov/AtYourService" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/AtYourService​</a><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">.</span><br><br><strong>What do I do if my sidewalk is broken/damaged?</strong><br>Call the Street Transportation dispatch number to report the address and location of the problem at (602) 262-6441 or report the issue on <a style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-size:13.3333px;" href="https://phoenix.gov/AtYourService" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/AtYourService​</a><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">.</span><br><br><strong>What do I do if there are trees down or debris in the road?</strong> <br>Call the Street Transportation dispatch number to report the address and location of the problem at (602) 262-6441. If there is debris or downed trees on private property, do not call this number. City employees do not do tree or damage removal on private property. We recommend you call a professional service to assist with problems on private property.<br><br><strong>What do I do if there is flooding in my area?  </strong><br>Do not drive through a flooded road. Turn around and find an alternate route. Many times it is impossible to see if there is debris or damage to the road underneath the water. To report severe street flooding or blocked roads, call (602) 262-6441. Routine flooding from heavy downpours will usually resolve itself.<br><br><h3>Micromobility (Shared Bikes & Scooters)<br></h3><strong>​Will eScooters still be rentable?</strong><br>eScooter service is provided by a vendor, currently just a company called Spin. It will be up to the vendor if they choose to change parameters of their program.<br><br><strong>Will Grid bikes still be rentable?</strong><br>Like eScooters, Grid bikes are provided by a vendor. It will be up to the vendor if they choose to change parameters of their program.<br><br><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong></a> <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Two Pedestrian Scrambles Installed in Downtown Phoenix During National Pedestrian Safety Monthhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1596Street Transportation10/30/2020 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1596/Newsroom_Streets_026.pngTwo Pedestrian Scrambles Installed in Downtown Phoenix During National Pedestrian Safety Month<div class="ExternalClass99A6FF951DCA499C96EE42C1366A00B7"><html> <p>​People who live, work or play in downtown Phoenix no longer have to look to Tokyo or New York City to learn what a pedestrian scramble is. A pedestrian scramble is an intersection that allows pedestrians to cross in any direction. Downtown Phoenix is now home to two pedestrian scrambles, complete with all-way crosswalks and a traffic signal phase that temporarily stops all vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to cross the street in any direction, including diagonally. </p><p>“As the fifth largest and fastest growing city in the nation, the installation of two pedestrian scrambles downtown is just one example of how Phoenix is constantly improving our infrastructure through innovation and data," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “These are exciting additions and will create a better experience for our residents, regardless of how they decide to travel."</p><p>The two pedestrian scramble intersections are adjacent to the downtown Arizona State University campus on Taylor Street at 1st and 3rd Streets. With many people walking in this area, the pedestrian-only phase of the traffic signals is expected to improve safety and reduce delays for people walking and people driving. </p><p>“No matter how you travel on our city's roadways, safety must always come first," said Councilman Michael Nowakowski. “The installation of two pedestrian scrambles in Phoenix is an innovative safety improvement for the many pedestrians commuting downtown to work, school, events or home."</p><p>Street Transportation Director, Kini Knudson, explains that these intersections are another step to improve mobility in Phoenix, but added that they are part of a long-term strategy. “We are always looking at ways to improve our roadways for all users – people walking or jogging, riding bicycles or scooters or driving cars. For downtown Phoenix, the addition of these two pedestrian scrambles is just one of many recent and upcoming improvements." He highlights that the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdand5thavenues">3rd and 5th Avenues Project </a>is under construction, the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdstreet">3rd Street Project </a>will begin construction in spring 2021, and that the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/DTPU">Downtown Transportation Plan Update</a> demonstrates that our infrastructure is set up for success. Learn more about the department's capital improvement projects<a target="_blank" href="/streets/projects"> here</a>.</p><p>The pedestrian scrambles were both installed and activated in October, which is National Pedestrian Safety Month. People walking are encouraged to only cross when given indication from the traffic signal. Diagonal crossing is only acceptable at these two specially marked crosswalks. At all other intersections, pedestrians should cross at designated crosswalks as indicated by the paint markings.</p><p>People driving are reminded to always come to a full stop on red and to expect people crossing in any direction during the pedestrian-only phase. The city encourages people to always be alert and on the lookout for the wide variety of people who use Phoenix streets. Recently, also as part of National Pedestrian Safety Month, the Street Transportation Department launched a new public service announcement campaign, Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet. Watch the full PSA <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/1579">here</a>.</p><p>Learn more about the Street Transportation Department at <a target="_blank" href="/streets">phoenix.gov/streets </a>and follow the department on Twitter <a target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com/streetsphx">@StreetsPHX</a>. </p><p> </p><p><strong>Media Contact</strong></p><p>Ashley Patton, Senior Public Information Officer<br>Email: <a target="_blank" href="mailto:ashley.patton@phoenix.gov">ashley.patton@phoenix.gov</a><br>Phone: 602-292-3704 (call/text) </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Reminds Drivers to Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet in New PSAhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1579Street Transportation10/21/2020 3:45:00 PM https://youtu.be/IhltzXheEsI Phoenix Reminds Drivers to Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet in New PSA<div class="ExternalClass5D13A8D919E74927AFC4EFCE2B5DEEDC"><html> ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is launching a new public service announcement (PSA) – Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet. The animated PSA reminds people to be alert and on the lookout for the wide variety of people who use Phoenix streets but may not be driving a car. People walking, running, using wheelchairs or other mobility devices, riding bicycles, pushing strollers or riding scooters are sharing our streets, so be sure to Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.<br> <br>“Scan the Streets for Wheels and Feet is part of the Street Transportation Department's <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?04d6eeea39b15935615d01b92fb386644e35c7739903957a">Heads Up!</a> pedestrian safety campaign," Street Transportation Director Kini Knudson said. “We are working to improve safety through engineering with the implementation of HAWK signals, flashing pedestrian beacons and high visibility crosswalks, but we also want to influence behavior by educating the public through these PSAs."<br> <br>Watch and share the animated public service announcement here: <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?ee56c2ae2be4e041f8017f95b3f1d6b971540d301ac91465">https://youtu.be/IhltzXheEsI</a>.<br> <br>Members of the media are encouraged to download a full resolution version of the PSA by contacting Heather Murphy through <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?9f0eab5cd5493d0b7f222327f9e80ec199b14e05d71e1891">email</a>. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsVideostreet-transportationStreets
E-Scooter Pilot Program Resumes in Downtown Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1541Street Transportation10/1/2020 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1541/Newsroom_Streets_025.pngE-Scooter Pilot Program Resumes in Downtown Phoenix<div class="ExternalClassE6FDD99E8D4948448251595E6E4CB3CC"><html> <p>Micromobility is returning to downtown Phoenix with the return of shared electric scooters (e-scooters). As part of an effort to integrate multimodal and active transportation options into Phoenix's urban core, the city has extended its pilot program to allow the operation of e-scooters within a specific boundary of downtown Phoenix.   </p> <p>The initial six-month pilot program (Sept. 2019 through March 2020) was unanimously approved by City Council. Another six-month evaluation period was also approved; however, the extension was postponed due to COVID-19. The extended pilot program begins Oct. 1 and will conclude March 31, 2021. </p> <p>The extended pilot will allow further evaluation of e-scooters as a micromobility transportation option in Phoenix. The Street Transportation Department will continue to examine a variety of metrics including the number, duration and location of rides, user and vendor compliance, incidents and community feedback. </p> <p>Phoenix’s e-scooter program is unique in that it requires all scooters to be deployed and parked in designated parking areas. Nearly 400 designated parking areas can be found throughout the pilot boundary, defined by white posts and reflective yellow scooter decals. Improperly parked scooters can be reported by calling the e-scooter hotline at 602-262-7474. </p> <p>E-scooter companies are eligible to participate in the pilot program after qualifying for a permit through an application process conducted by the Street Transportation Department. The six-month extension of the pilot welcomes a new company to Phoenix’s pilot program, Razor.  </p> <p>Brandon Cheung, Senior Manager of Government Relations at Razor, said “Now more than ever, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Phoenix residents and visitors need a safe and affordable means of getting around. Our Operations team introduced industry-leading sanitation protocols in March 2020 to ensure that we are serving our employees and customers safely and responsibly.” </p> <p>The city of Phoenix encourages drivers to stay alert and always yield to people walking and riding bicycles or scooters. Scooter riders are also encouraged to wear a helmet, only ride one person per scooter and ride in the street or in bicycle lanes and outside of construction zones and no-ride zones. E-scooter vendors are required to educate riders on the rules of the pilot and safe rider practices.  </p> <p>Community input is an important part of the evaluation of the pilot program. To provide feedback about the pilot program, email <a target="_blank" href="mailto:scooters@phoenix.gov">scooters@phoenix.gov</a> or call the city’s e-scooter hotline at 602-262-7474. </p> <p>For more information about the e-scooter pilot program, visit the program webpage at <a target="_blank" href="/streets/scooters">phoenix.gov/scooters</a>.</p> <h3>General Contact</h3> <p>City of Phoenix E-Scooter Pilot Program</p> <p>Email: <a target="_blank" href="mailto:scooters@phoenix.gov">scooters@phoenix.gov</a><br></p> <p>Phone: 602-262-7474</p> <h3>Media Contact</h3> <p>Ashley Patton, Senior Public Information Officer</p> <p>Email: <a target="_blank" href="mailto:ashley.patton@phoenix.gov">ashley.patton@phoenix.gov</a></p> <p>Phone: 602-292-3704 (call/text)</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Lands $17.5 Million Federal BUILD Grant for Safety Improvements https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1521Street Transportation9/24/2020 4:48:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1521/Newsroom_Streets_024.pngPhoenix Lands $17.5 Million Federal BUILD Grant for Safety Improvements <div class="ExternalClassB8590214C1B24FE29551AD9F4EBE2FD8"><html> <h4>  Signals, Medians & More for 3.2 Mile Stretch of 35th Avenue</h4> <p>The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Phoenix nearly $17.5 million through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant. The grant will be used to make a series of safety improvements on the busy 35th Avenue corridor between Interstate 10 and Camelback Road.  </p><p>The <a target="_blank" href="/streets/35thavesafety">35th Avenue Safety Corridor Project</a> consists of improvements that advance safety, mobility and economic development in the project area. Targeted improvements include:</p> <ul> <li>Installing three new pedestrian hybrid beacons (illuminated pedestrian-activated signals) along 35th Avenue at/near the Coronado Road, Grand Canal Multi-Use Path and Turney Avenue intersections to increase mid-block pedestrian crossing opportunities.</li> <li>Installing raised medians at various locations throughout the project corridor to provide greater vehicle separation and a safe refuge to pedestrians without restricting existing traffic movements.</li> <li>Rebuilding nine signalized intersections to modern standards that allow for support of new traffic technologies and safer operations.</li> <li>Installing LED street lighting along the west side of 35th Avenue, completing dual-sided lighting throughout the corridor and improving safety for drivers and pedestrians.</li> <li>Milling and overlaying the pavement between McDowell Road and Camelback Road to provide a smooth driving surface and reduce future maintenance needs.</li> <li>Installing broadband fiber optic cable to improve the corridor’s capacity for data sharing and allowing for the future integration of autonomous and innovative technologies.</li> <li>Updating traffic signal programming to improve roadway efficiency.</li> </ul> <p>Not only does this project improve safety, the addition of broadband fiberoptic cable will enhance economic opportunity in the corridor. </p><p>“This segment of road currently serves 250 small businesses and 8,000 employees across a wide spectrum of business sectors, including manufacturing and distribution,” Mayor Kate Gallego explained. “This addition of the most modern infrastructure will spur the attraction and expansion of businesses in this area.”</p><p>“This is an area where many students and families walk or bike by necessity – to get to work, school or local businesses,” Vice Mayor Betty Guardado said. “Adding the signals for mid-block crossings will make it safer for all road users, but especially for people on foot or riding bikes. As a city, we will continue to prioritize safe and accessible streets.”</p><p>“The plans incorporate raised medians to guide traffic and also give people walking or riding bicycles a safe place to wait while crossing the road,” said Councilwoman Laura Pastor. “The safety aspects and enhanced economic opportunities will be a welcome addition to the area.”<br>Traffic signal optimization is another goal of the 35th Avenue Safety Corridor Project. A 2019 study concluded that traffic signal modernization could reduce travel times by nearly 20 percent, potentially saving 90,000 hours for commuters annually.</p><p>“Investment in transportation infrastructure is vital to improving safety. The BUILD grant is an extremely competitive process and receiving a grant to increase safety on one of Phoenix’s busiest roadways by implementing innovative technology will reduce travel time and improve quality of life. I appreciate U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s commitment to provide grants that will improve the city’s surface transportation infrastructure and I’m grateful for the city staff who worked on this important funding opportunity,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee.</p><p>This grant requires a local match of $7.4 million, which the city will fund using <a target="_blank" href="https://t2050.org">Transportation 2050</a> (T2050) revenues and Arizona Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF), commonly referred to as the gas tax. This initial grant award triggers a series of next steps, including environmental surveys, that will need to be completed before construction can begin. It is anticipated that construction on these improvements could start in late 2022 with a goal of completing construction in the first half of 2025.</p> <p> <strong>About the Project Area</strong> <br>Diverse land uses across this corridor include multi-family residential, commercial and industrial developments along with multiple K-12 schools, two community parks and the campus of Grand Canyon University. This corridor was identified as a T2050 Safety Corridor. T2050 is a voter-approved 35-year sales tax that allows the city to place special focus on transportation, mobility and connectivity needs.</p><p>This area of Phoenix is a predominantly young area with 33 percent of the population under the age of 18 and likely to attend one of the 10 K-12 schools in the corridor. Safe access to schools in the area will be enhanced by the addition of signalized mid-block crossings and medians near schools. More than half of the population is between age 18 and 65.</p><p>The 35th Avenue corridor is one of the highest ridership areas for bus routes in Phoenix with an average of 5,200 daily riders.</p><p>The portion of 35th Avenue between I-10 and Camelback Road is a pedestrian safety ‘hot spot’ where a higher number of pedestrian-related collisions and injuries have occurred in recent years. Increased lighting, signalized mid-block crossings and raised medians will contribute to overall safety, but especially safety for pedestrians.</p><p><a target="_blank" title=""><img src="/streetssite/MediaAssets/Proposed%20Improvements%20w%20Text.JPG" alt="Diagram Showing Location of Proposed Project Improvements" style="margin:5px;width:490px;vertical-align:middle;float:none;" /></a></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Street Transportation Pavement Dashboard Earns International Awardhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1511Street Transportation9/17/2020 10:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1511/Newsroom_Streets_020.jpgStreet Transportation Pavement Dashboard Earns International Award<div class="ExternalClass319C9786EFA04E1EA2759E7D16A2ADE9"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The Street Transportation Department’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team this month earned international recognition by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) which annually reviews nominations from organizations using geospatial information systems to improve service delivery. Street Transportation’s <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=330600c87dff4a8a8ac1759701d2d730&folderid=95b30070d48947d3a58617aca9fb4dac">Interactive Pavement Maintenance Dashboard</a><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> was recognized as the Exemplary Systems in Government winner.</p><p>To improve the way information about major paving projects is shared with the public, Street Transportation GIS engineers created an interactive pavement maintenance dashboard. This tool, officially launched in July 2019, allows anyone to view near real-time paving and resurfacing treatment information from anywhere with an internet connection, with versions in English and Spanish, desktop and mobile. </p><p>The system has proven useful for residents, neighborhood leaders, civic organizations, businesses and public officials who want to know when or where road rehabilitation work will be taking place. The Street Transportation Department created the system as part of its Accelerated Pavement Maintenance Program which triples the number of streets receiving rehabilitation and maintenance annually through 2023.</p><p>URISA described the interactive dashboard saying: “In summary, this is considered to be an outstanding application. It has a very focused purpose and has demonstrated significant ROI ranging from the engagement it has fostered through to the internal government efficiency it has created, as well as spreading the awareness of the power and value of GIS throughout the organization. The application was well thought out and planned, using the right technology and embracing the end-user community and crowd sourcing. It is a great example of GIS not only leading but also changing how municipal business gets done.”</p><p>Prior to the launch of the <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=330600c87dff4a8a8ac1759701d2d730&folderid=95b30070d48947d3a58617aca9fb4dac">Interactive Pavement Maintenance Dashboard</a>, the Street Transportation Department created a GIS ‘pin drop’ map to crowdsource information on street pavement in need of maintenance. People were able to add points to the map in three categories: potholes, rough roads and other pavement issues. There was no limit on the number of pins an individual could place and personal information was not required. Nearly 7,300 pin drops were captured through this application. </p><p>This community input was then overlaid with objective, scientific data obtained from a van that uses sophisticated instruments to detect pavement condition on the city’s nearly 5,000 miles of roads. Street Transportation staff used the combined data to develop the plans for each specific road and treatment type shown on the Interactive Pavement Maintenance Dashboard.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Tests Use of Cool Pavement to Mitigate Heat Island Effecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1389Street Transportation7/9/2020 11:16:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1389/Newsroom_Streets_019.jpgPhoenix Tests Use of Cool Pavement to Mitigate Heat Island Effect<div class="ExternalClass9769686192504F419CF6F5A583CA1EA7"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span></p> <p>Something really ‘cool’ is happening in Phoenix…literally! The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is launching a pilot study to evaluate cool pavement treatment.</p> <p>Asphalt collects and retains heat during the day and releases it slowly at night. Phoenix is among several cities that are experiencing the urban ‘heat island’ effect due to the retention of heat within the built environment. US Environmental Protection Agency data shows the difference in nighttime temperatures in heat island areas can be as much as 22 degrees hotter than temperatures measured outside the heat island. Higher nighttime temperatures lead to more energy consumption, more greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and other harmful effects.</p> <p>Cool pavement is lighter in color than traditional asphalt or other seal coatings. Cool pavement reflects back the sunlight that hits it. Because the surface reflects, rather than retains heat, cool pavement has the potential to offset rising nighttime temperatures in Phoenix. It should also help cool neighborhood areas that don’t have much shade from the sun.</p> <p>Cool pavement is not a paint treatment. It is a water-based asphalt sealant that is applied on top of the existing asphalt pavement. It's made with asphalt, water, an emulsifying agent (soap), mineral fillers, polymers and recycled materials. It contains no harmful chemicals and bonds with the asphalt layer underneath.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img style="margin:5px;width:250px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" alt="Side-by-side temperature readings" src="/streetssite/MediaAssets/Cool_Pavement_04_72DPI.jpg" /><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p> <p>University researchers will be taking measurements and collecting data over several years to evaluate the results and determine if cool pavement helps mitigate the heat island effect and if those effects are sustainable over time.</p> <p>Because the Phoenix area climate is unlike other major cities, the study team will also assess how the material holds up against 300 days of sunshine, monsoon storms, high temperatures and daily traffic.</p> <p>Esteban Park at 32nd Street and Roeser Road was the first site to receive cool pavement treatment. Eight other locations where streets were in good condition but were due for a surface treatment were selected in consultation with the Mayor and Council offices.</p> <p>To learn more about cool pavement, please visit phoenix.gov/streets/coolpavement.</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
​Signal Timing at HAWK Pedestrian Signals Modified to Improve Safety for Pedestrians and Bicyclistshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/1350Street Transportation6/18/2020 8:50:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1350/Newsroom_Streets_018.jpg​Signal Timing at HAWK Pedestrian Signals Modified to Improve Safety for Pedestrians and Bicyclists<div class="ExternalClass22060BC3843049B3A39E8F614D11E28A"><html> <p>To help increase safety as more people are walking and riding bicycles, the Street Transportation Department reprogrammed its HAWK pedestrian signals to minimize time people spend waiting to cross the street at its HAWK signals. HAWKs are traffic signals that allow people to cross the road safely and operate in a YELLOW–RED–FLASHING RED sequence to alert drivers that there are people who need to cross the road. All HAWKs will be programmed to minimize wait delays by as much as 50 percent.  </p><p><br>“What this means is that people seeking to cross the road will have shorter wait times before the HAWK signal begins alerting drivers to stop. In many cases, when people activate the signal by pressing the ‘Walk’ button, they will not experience a wait before the signal cycle starts,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said.</p><p><br>“More and more people are getting outside for recreation and as the weather heats up, this is a step we can take to keep people moving comfortably and safely around the city,” Mayor Gallego added.</p><p><br>Some HAWK signals had a 60- to 90-second delay between activations. The gap between activations at most HAWKs will now be only 30 to 40 seconds.</p><p><br>“With fewer cars on the roads, decreasing the wait time for people walking or riding bikes will discourage people from crossing the road without the signal,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who chairs the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee. “The reprogramming of the HAWKs will be a permanent change to help improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.”</p><p><br>HAWKs that are programmed to coordinate with nearby traffic signals will continue to work in a coordinated fashion but wait times were also improved at these locations.  </p><p><br>The changes resulted from close collaboration between the Street Transportation Department’s Office of Pedestrian Safety, the Active Transportation Program and pedestrian and bicycle advocacy groups. </p><p><br>“As an organization, we are more effective when we work together with community members and elected officials,” Street Transportation Director Kini Knudson said. “Monthly meetings between our staff and pedestrian and bicycle advocates are resulting in good, actionable ideas to improve safety throughout the city.”  </p><p><br>Unlike standard traffic signals, HAWKs only operate when a person pushes the crossing button. Vehicles are free to move when the signal is dark and no one is waiting to cross the road. </p><p><br>Phoenix currently has 65 HAWK signals and they have all been updated in recent weeks. For a map of the HAWK locations or to learn more about how to use HAWK signals, go to <a href="/streets/hawk" target="_blank"><span style="color:rgb(38, 114, 38);">phoenix.gov/streets/HAWK</span></a>. The user guide is available in English and Spanish.</p><p><br>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>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets

 

 

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