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Street Signs Honor Community Leader Vernell Myers Colemanhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/3062Street Transportation3/27/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3062/IMG_0809.JPGhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agifMMirenAStreet Signs Honor Community Leader Vernell Myers Coleman<div class="ExternalClass1F2BE4AA026A46829EBC8280D46A661E"><html> <p>​​On Wednesday, March 27, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department gathered with the family of the late Vernell Myers Coleman to unveil ceremonial signs for Vernell Myers Coleman Way, located at 7th Avenue and Buckeye Road.</p> <p>The signs are mounted on the mast arms of the northeast and southwest traffic signal poles at 7th Avenue and Buckeye Road, an area of Phoenix where Mrs. Coleman dedicated more than 40 years of service, focusing on the underserved population and those in need. </p> <p>Members of the Coleman family, elected officials, and representatives from the City of Phoenix provided remarks and participated in the unveiling of the signs.  </p> <p>Vernell Myers Coleman (August 28, 1918 - March 27, 1990), along with her children, moved into the City's Matthew Henson Housing Project in 1945. Mrs. Coleman made numerous contributions to the City of Phoenix and community, which involved becoming an advocate for her fellow tenants at the Matthew Henson Housing Project, and serving as a commissioner of the Leadership and Education of the Advancement of Phoenix (LEAP) during the 1960s.  In addition, Mrs. Coleman was a member of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Urban League and the City of Phoenix Housing Advisory Board, also serving as both the chairwoman and treasurer for the Phoenix Human Resources Council, as well as a board member with St. Mary's Food Bank. </p> <p>Over the years, Vernell Coleman's many works did not go unnoticed, and she received numerous awards and honors from the State of Arizona, the City of Phoenix, businesses, and social organizations over the years prior to her death in 1990. Some of her most notable accolades include the Greyhound Corporation naming her Phoenix Woman of the Year, the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai's of Phoenix in 1979 presented her with the first Willie L. Robertson Memorial Human Rights award, the Luke's Men of St. Luke's Medical Center and Phoenix KPNX-TV presented her with the Hon Kachina award, she was also named Woman of Distinction by the Women of Achievement group, a coalition of the Junior League of Phoenix, Meyer Inc., and Soroptimist International of Phoenix. Mrs. Coleman has also received the Spirit of Arizona award, and in 1990 was inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame.</p><p>Mrs. Coleman is also remembered for reviving the celebration of Juneteenth in Phoenix while serving as head of the Matthew Henson Housing Project Tenant's Council in 1968. She was also instrumental in helping to organize the St. Mary's Food Bank with founder John Van Hengel and served on the board for several years.<br style=""></p> <p>Located within this neighborhood is also Phoenix's Vernell Coleman Recreation Center (830 W. Tonto Street), named in her honor.</p> <p>Installation of the signs was approved by Phoenix City Council during its Formal Meeting on February 21, 2024.​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsVideostreet-transportationStreets
E-scooter Program to Expand to 24/7 Schedule on March 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/3038Street Transportation2/29/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3038/Micromobility Program_3032_Newsroom.jpgE-scooter Program to Expand to 24/7 Schedule on March 1<div class="ExternalClassCC10D341742347EABCEF5329D9797C5C"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Street Transportation Department will expand operation of its Shared Micromobility Program to 24 hours a day, seven days a week effective at midnight on Friday, March 1. The program currently operates daily from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The 24/7 schedule of operation will be done as a six-month pilot program, during which usage data and other metrics will be reviewed.<br></p> <p>Launched permanently in January 2023 with vendors Lime and Spin, the program includes the shared rental use of e-scooters, e-bikes, traditional pedal bikes and adaptive bikes. The program currently operates in the city's downtown core, as well as areas to the south, west and east of downtown.​ </p> <p> <a href="/newssite/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ephoenix%2Egov%2Fstreetssite%2FMediaAssets%2FPhoenix%5FMicromobility%5FProgram%5FBoundary%5FMap%2Epng" target="_blank">View the Shared Micromobility Program boundary map</a> </p> <p>During the 24/7 pilot program, customers using the vehicles between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be required to take a late-night rider reaction test available through each respective vendor's app. </p> <p>Various vendors have operated e-scooters in downtown Phoenix since September 2019 as part of a city-managed pilot program. In December 2022, City Council authorized the Street Transportation Department to finalize an agreement with Lime and Spin to be the official vendors when the pilot program ended. The permanent program began in January 2023.</p> <p>Additional information about the Shared Micromobility​ Program is available at <a href="/streets/scooters" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Scooters</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Awarded Funding to Support Roadway Safety Educationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/3005Street Transportation1/31/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3005/GOHS_grant_Newsroom.jpgPhoenix Awarded Funding to Support Roadway Safety Education<div class="ExternalClass453E90B140934C2B92F71B379C713414"><html> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="https://gohs.az.gov/">Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety</a> recently awarded $140,000 to the Phoenix Street Transportation Department to support educational outreach efforts connected to the city's comprehensive Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan.<br></p> <p> The Plan, which was unanimously approved by City Council in September 2022, outlines a series of strategies and performance measures linked to meeting the 2050 goal of zero traffic fatalities in Phoenix. </p> <p> This grant funding will be used to enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety initiatives, as well as grow the department's "Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet" multi-media community education campaign. </p> <p> Money provided through the grant will also support the purchase of bicycle helmets for students who participate in the city's annual bike-to-school events, and LED stop sign paddles for crossing guards stationed at high-traffic school zone locations citywide. </p> <p> Visit <a target="_blank" href="/streets/roadsafety">Phoenix.gov/RoadSafety</a> to learn more about the Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan and to find roadway safety education resources.​ </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Activates 90th Pedestrian Signal Crossinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2972Street Transportation1/9/2024 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2972/20th_St_Broadway_HAWK_Activation_Newsroom.jpgPhoenix Activates 90th Pedestrian Signal Crossing<div class="ExternalClassFCC4D73B69AB41549AAF1636842F54BD"><html> <p>​​District 8 Councilwoman Kesha Hodge Washington joined community members and Street Transportation Director Joe Brown to commemorate the activation of Phoenix's 90th pedestrian signal crossing on Tuesday. The newest signal, formally referred to as a HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK), is located at 20th Street and Broadway Road.<br></p><p>The project to install a HAWK at this location was led by community advocates following a fatal car-pedestrian, hit-and-run collision in December 2019, involving 51-year-old victim Tanya Karim. Family members and friends of Karim participated in today's activation event and ceremonial crossing. The hit-and-run is unsolved and Phoenix Police detectives are still seeking information. Community members are encouraged to contact <a href="https://silentwitness.org/cases/fatal-hit-and-run-tanya-karim-20th-street-broadway-road/" target="_blank">Silent Witness</a>.</p><p>This is the 47th HAWK to be activated in Phoenix since 2019 and the fifth since June 2023. More are scheduled to be added to the city's transportation network in the coming months. Phoenix's first two HAWKs came online in August 2009 – one at 7th Avenue and Glenrosa Avenue and the other on 19th Avenue at the Thunderbird High School crosswalk.</p><p>A HAWK signal features pedestrian triggered yellow-red-flashing red beacons and provides a safe crossing point for people walking and riding bicycles near busy intersections and mid-block locations. A HAWK operates similarly to a standard traffic signal, minus a green-signal light, and remains "dark" until a push button is activated by a pedestrian or bicyclist.</p><p>Motorists should respond to the yellow and solid red lights in the same manner as any other traffic signal. After stopping for the red light, motorists may proceed through the crossing area during the flashing red light interval only when safe to do so without risk to those walking or riding a bike.</p> <p>For additional information about how a HAWK pedestrian signal crossing works and where they are located citywide, visit the Street Transportation Department's <a href="/streets/hawk" target="_blank">HAWK webpage</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
2023 Street Transportation Department Year-End Reviewhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2956Street Transportation12/22/2023 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2956/2023 year-end review newsroom image.jpg2023 Street Transportation Department Year-End Review<div class="ExternalClass31E658729E0C4988B4C3C4D2F4CCFFF1"><html> <p>​​The <a target="_blank" href="/streets">Phoenix Street Transportation Department</a>'s existing mission is to provide for the safe, efficient, and convenient movement of people and goods within the city, and to support citywide infrastructure to improve quality of life for Phoenix residents.</p> <p>The efforts of department staff during 2023 held true to that mission, as shown in the completion of significant and impactful projects and initiatives. These are the major highlights and achievements from the 2023 calendar year.<br></p> <p><strong>2023 BY THE NUMBERS</strong><br></p> <p>• The Street Maintenance Team completed pavement rehabilitation of more than 360 miles of roadway. The work done ranged from mill and overlays (new asphalt) to various forms of resurfacing treatments (<a target="_blank" href="/streets/accelerated">view the department's Pavement Maintenance Dashboard</a>). Pavement maintenance efforts also included adding 21 more miles of "Cool Pavement" to bring the total miles treated during the four-year history of the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/coolpavement">Cool Pavement Program</a> to more than 100. The following is a breakdown of pavement maintenance mileage this year:</p><p></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>Mill and Overlay: 89 miles (19 miles of arterial streets, 70 miles of residential streets)</li><li>Resurfacing: 272 miles (54 miles of arterial streets, 218 miles of residential streets)</li></ul><p></p> <p>• The department’s Signing and Striping Shop installed 7,060 new signs, replaced 1,822 existing signs, painted 1,059 crosswalks, installed 8,997 raised pavement markers and painted/striped 1,150 miles of roadway.<br></p> <p>• As the department is beginning to implement <a target="_blank" href="/streets/roadsafety">Vision Zero and the Road Safety Action Plan</a>, the Traffic Services Team completed 13 traffic signal rebuild projects, 10 new traffic signal installation projects and four HAWK pedestrian signal crossing activations (High-intensity Activated crossWalK). A complete list of the locations is available in the Vision Zero/Road Safety Action Plan section below. <br></p> <p>• As part of ongoing efforts to improve accessibility for those who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices, 2,348 curb ramps were upgraded to the latest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.<br></p> <p>• The Right-of-Way Management Team assisted with the planning and logistics associated with Super Bowl festivities held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Margaret T. Hance Park. The team issued 78 permits for street restrictions for Super Bowl related events.<br></p> <p>• The Parking Meter Team completed the replacement of 2,200 parking meters. The new smart meters utilize wireless technology, allowing them to accept and monitor payments, monitor status and use, provide remote diagnostics and for all settings to be changed remotely. <br></p> <p>• The Communication and Public Engagement Team facilitated 23 public input opportunities for residents. Those opportunities consisted of in-person and virtual public meetings, online surveys and other stakeholder outreach strategies. Learn about the department's current and upcoming public engagement opportunities on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/meetings">Public Meetings​</a> webpage.<br></p> <p><strong>VISION ZERO/ROAD SAFETY ACTION PLAN</strong></p> <p>After being unanimously approved by City Council in September 2022, this was the first full calendar year of implementing <a target="_blank" href="/streets/roadsafety">Vision Zero and the Road Safety Action Plan</a>. The Plan outlines a series of strategies and performance measures linked to meeting the 2050 goal of zero traffic fatalities in Phoenix. During 2023, the department achieved the following:<br></p> <p>• Installed the city’s 89th HAWK pedestrian signal crossing at 28th Street and Shea Boulevard in September. A High-intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) signal is a traffic control device that helps the safe flow of pedestrians and bicyclists at high-traffic or mid-block crossing points. Throughout 2023, the department activated four HAWKs:<br></p> <p></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>41st Ave. and Thomas Rd. - activated in June</li><li>27th Dr. and Van Buren St. - activated in August</li><li>29th Ave. and Van Buren St. - activated in August</li><li>28th St. and Shea Blvd. - activated in September​</li></ul><p></p> <p>• Converted three rectangular rapid-flashing beacon (RRFB) signals to circular flashing beacon (CFB) signals, and installed one new CFB. A circular flashing beacon improves crosswalk visibility for drivers. The locations include: <br></p> <p></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>7th St. at Monroe St. - activated in April (conversion installation)</li><li>48th St. at Grand Canal - activated in April (conversion installation)</li><li>3rd Ave. at Muhammad Ali Way - activated in April (conversion installation)</li><li>32nd St. south of Southern Ave. - activated in November (new installation)​</li></ul><p></p> <p>• Completed 13 traffic signal rebuild projects. These projects modernize the intersection, and the improvements include traffic signal heads over all travel lanes, new intersection lighting for pedestrian and bicycle safety, audible pedestrian push buttons, ADA compliant curb ramps, vehicle video detection, flashing yellow arrows for all left turn movements and new emergency vehicle preemption technology. The upgraded intersections include:<br></p> <p></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>75th Ave. and Indian School Rd. - activated in January</li><li>35th Ave. and Northern Ave. - activated in January</li><li>67th Ave. and Lower Buckeye Rd. - activated in February</li><li>19th Ave. and Southern Ave. - activated in February</li><li>43rd Ave. and Anthem Way - activated in March</li><li>52nd St. and Bell Rd. - activated in May</li><li>51st Ave. and McDowell Rd. - activated in May</li><li>56th St. and Mayo Blvd. - activated in May</li><li> Southern Ave. and 7th Ave. - activated in June </li><li>39th Dr. and Pinnacle Peak Rd. - activated in June </li><li>43rd Ave. and Pinnacle Peak Rd. - activated in June </li><li>67th Ave. and McDowell Rd. - activated in September</li><li>32nd St. and Thomas Rd. - activated in December</li></ul><p></p> <p>• Completed 10 new traffic signal installation projects. These projects modernize the intersection, and the installations include traffic signal heads over all travel lanes, new intersection lighting for pedestrian and bicycle safety, audible pedestrian push buttons, ADA compliant curb ramps, vehicle video detection, flashing yellow arrows for all left turn movements and new emergency vehicle preemption technology. The improved intersections include: </p> <p></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>32nd St. and Liberty Ln. - activated in January </li><li>66th St. and Mayo Blvd. - activated in February </li><li>91st Ave. and Illini St. - activated in March </li><li>43rd Ave. and Dove Valley Rd. - activated in April </li><li>43rd Ave. and TSMC Entrance - activated in April </li><li>27th Ave. and Broadway Rd. - activated in May </li><li>7th St. and McKinley St. - activated in June <br></li><li>54th St. and Shea Blvd.  - activated in August </li><li> 89th Ave. and McDowell Rd. - activated in August </li><li>5100 N. 44th St. - activated in November</li></ul><p></p> <p><strong>Yellow Light Timing Study</strong><br>The department evaluated the "before" and "after" impacts of implementing new Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) guidelines on yellow light change intervals at signalized intersections. At the study locations/intersections, a significant reduction in red-light running incidents after lengthening the yellow light change interval was observed. In June, City Council approved adopting and implementing the ITE guidelines for calculating the yellow light change interval. Those new timing calculations will be put in place over a three-year period. </p> <p><strong>Safety Education Campaign</strong><br>​​The department ran two public safety campaigns to highlight its "Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet" message. The first campaign ran from January through March, and the second during October through mid-November. The campaigns achieved more that 15 million impressions via advertisements that aired during morning and afternoon drive-time traffic radio reports, as well as targeted social media, Google and YouTube advertisements. The campaigns were funded by a Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant and money allocated by City Council. </p><p>Watch the "Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet" safety videos on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/roadsafety">Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan</a> webpage. <br></p> <p><strong>2023 HIGHLIGHTS</strong></p> <p><strong>Joseph Brown Named New Director</strong><br> In October, City Manager Jeff Barton announced that Joseph (Joe) T. Brown had been chosen as the city's next Street Transportation Director. Brown started in the role effective November 20, and replaced Kini Knudson who retired after working in various roles with the city since 2000.<br></p><p>Brown comes to Phoenix after serving as Commissioner of the Suffolk County (NY) Department of Public Works, and has more than 30 years of diverse management and engineering experience. <a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2876" target="_blank">Read More​</a>​<br></p><p><strong>Groundbreaking for Grand Canalscape Phase 3</strong><br>In August, District 5 Councilwoman Betty Guardado joined with community members and students, as well as representatives from the Street Transportation and Fire departments, Salt River Project (SRP) and Hunter Contracting Co., for a ceremonial groundbreaking celebration for Phase 3 of the city's Grand Canalscape project.<br></p> <p>Phase 3 of the project includes the section of the canal that runs from 75th to 47th avenues. Improvements will be made to the north bank of the canal and add a route of connectivity for commuting and recreational use and will create a safe corridor for residents traveling by foot or on a bike. Construction is scheduled for completion in fall 2024. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2849">Read More</a><br></p> <p><strong>Cool Pavement Program Hits 100-Mile Mark​​​​​​</strong><br>In June, the department’s <a target="_blank" href="/streets/coolpavement">Cool Pavement Program</a> reached a significant achievement as the 100th mile of the innovative seal coat was applied. Mayor Kate Gallego, and Vice Mayor and District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari joined with community members, media and city staff to celebrate the milestone in an Estrella neighborhood bordered by Lower Buckeye Road and Durango Street between 83rd and 79th avenues.<br></p> <p>Phoenix's Cool Pavement Program started in 2020. During the last four years, the cool seal coating has been applied to the streets in dozens of neighborhoods citywide and the parking lot of Esteban Park. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2773">Read and Watch More</a><br></p> <p><strong>Fillmore Street Designated as Hans Hughes Memorial Bikeway</strong><br>In April, signage was unveiled that designated Fillmore Street between Central Avenue and 7th Street as the Hans Hughes Memorial Bikeway. The family of the late Hans Hughes joined Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor and District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, representatives from Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) and city staff to celebrate the occasion. Installation of the signs was approved by Phoenix City Council in November 2022.</p> <p>Hughes passed away in September 2021 from injuries sustained during a car-bicycle collision near 1st and Fillmore Streets in August 2021. The collision occurred as he rode his bike home from his job as a DPI Downtown Ambassador. Hughes was one of the most well-known, well-liked, and recognizable Ambassadors, serving the downtown community in that role for 12 years. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2718">Read and Watch More</a><br></p> <p><strong>Plan to Expand Bike Lane Miles Approved</strong><br>In May, the City Council unanimously approved an Active Transportation Plan that will guide expansion of bike lane miles and improvements to the citywide transportation network. The plan is an update to the city's Bicycle Master Plan that was approved by City Council in 2014 and connects to Vision Zero and the Road Safety Action Plan that the City approved in September 2022. <br></p> <p>A key component to the Active Transportation Plan is a strategy to help Phoenix meet a commitment to add 1,080 new bike lane miles by 2050, which is a benchmark of the Transportation 2050 Plan (T2050) that was approved by voters in 2015.</p> <p>Active transportation is defined as walking, bicycling or rolling, and includes the use of micromobility vehicles such as e-scooters. By designing roadways to be inclusive of those forms of active travel this plan will help improve safety and connectivity, and will give people choices about how they move around the community. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2764">Read More</a><br></p> <p><strong>2023 AWARDS, RECOGNITION AND GRANTS</strong></p> <p><strong>Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Award</strong><br>In December, the department was awarded a $25 million Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will help fund the ReVISIONing Indian School Road Project. The project will address safety of all roadway users on Indian School Road betw​een 91st and 39th Avenues, which is a corridor where a high number of collisions resulting in serious injury or death have occurred in recent years. The safety concerns for the corridor will be addressed with a variety of improvements, including the installation of sidewalks, pedestrian beacons, crossing improvements and lighting improvements. The design phase of the project is scheduled to start in 2024.<br></p> <p><strong>Institute of Transportation Engineers Awards</strong><br>The department received three awards from the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Mountain District.</p> <p></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>Achievement Award – Safety: Developing the Vision Zero/Road Safety Action Plan</li><li>Achievement Award – Traffic Engineering: Enhancing HAWK Efficiency with Technology</li><li>Best Implementation Project Award: Enhancing HAWK Efficiency with Technology<br></li></ul><p>Follow Street Transportation Department news and updates year-round on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">X</a> (formerly Twitter) and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/streetsphx/" target="_blank">Instagram​</a>. <br></p><p></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Looking to Expand Its Shared Micromobility Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2894Street Transportation10/19/2023 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2894/Micromobility Program_3032_Newsroom.jpgPhoenix Looking to Expand Its Shared Micromobility Program<div class="ExternalClassCEB0F620F6C24E73AFBBB33B460B078A"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Street Transportation Department is developing a strategy to expand the city's Shared Micromobilty Program. The program, which launched permanently in January 2023 with vendors Lime and Spin, includes the use of e-scooters, e-bikes, traditional pedal bikes and adaptive bikes.</p> <p>The program currently operates in the city's downtown core, as well as areas to the south, west and east of downtown. </p><p><a target="_blank" href="/newssite/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ephoenix%2Egov%2Fstreetssite%2FMediaAssets%2FPhoenix%5FMicromobility%5FProgram%5FBoundary%5FMap%2Epng">View the Shared Micromobility Program boundary map</a></p> <p>The department is considering options to expand the program's geographic boundaries and vehicle inventory. Residents are encouraged to provide input by participating in a citywide virtual public meeting on October 23 at 6 p.m., and by taking an online community survey available through November 30. The survey, offered in English and Spanish, and information about how to participate in the virtual public meeting is available at <a target="_blank" href="/streets/scooters">Phoenix.gov/Scooters</a>.</p> <p>Various vendors have operated e-scooters in downtown Phoenix since September 2019 as part of a city-managed pilot program. In December 2022, City Council authorized the Street Transportation Department to finalize an agreement with Lime and Spin to be the official vendors when the pilot program ended. The permanent program began in January 2023.</p> <p>Additional information about the Shared Micromobility Program is available at <a target="_blank" href="/streets/scooters">Phoenix.gov/Scooters</a>.​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Joseph Brown Named Street Transportation Directorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2876Street Transportation10/2/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2876/Joseph Brown Named Streets Director - Newsroom.pngJoseph Brown Named Street Transportation Director<div class="ExternalClass8E5240F8849747DAB403BD871B7DF98C"><html> <p>​​Following a competitive nationwide recruitment process, Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton announced on Monday that Joseph (Joe) T. Brown, PE, has been chosen as the city's next Street Transportation Director. Brown will start in his new role effective November 20, 2023.</p> <p>Brown comes to Phoenix after serving as Commissioner of the Suffolk County (NY) Department of Public Works, and has more than 30 years of diverse management and engineering experience in transportation, sanitation, traffic management, structures, construction, maintenance, operations and planning, and emergency response.</p><p>"I'm excited to have Joe join the city's management team," Barton said. "His background and many years of experience working with transportation infrastructure will be an important asset as Phoenix continues to grow and improve. He also has a proven record with improving roadway safety, which is a critical focus for our community."<br></p><p>In his role at Suffolk County, Brown oversaw 13 divisions and was the Chair of the County Sewer Agency and County Dredging Committee. Prior to working for Suffolk County, he was Director of the Long Island Region of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).</p><p>Brown also spent time as the Director of the New York City Region of NYSDOT, and was the Director of the NYSDOT Lower Manhattan Reconstruction Office that was charged with rebuilding the transportation and utility network in Lower Manhattan after the impacts of the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center.</p><p>Brown managed some of NYSDOT's largest projects in the New York metropolitan area, including reconstruction of the West Side Highway at the World Trade Center, the Kosciuszko Bridge on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and the Robert Moses Causeway over the Great South Bay Bridge.</p><p>A strong advocate for the Vision Zero and Complete Streets initiatives, Brown developed a plan that reduced fatalities on Long Island highways by more than 30 percent.</p><p>Brown holds a bachelor's degree in structural engineering from Northwestern University, is a veteran of the U.S. Army Combat Engineers and was a 9-11 first responder.</p><p>Brown will replace current Street Transportation Director Kini Knudson, who is scheduled to retire on October 20, 2023. Knudson has served in various roles with the city since 2000.​​​​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Breaks Ground on Grand Canalscape Phase 3https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2849Street Transportation8/29/2023 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2849/Grand Canalscape Phase 3 groundbreaking (Newsroom crop).jpgPhoenix Breaks Ground on Grand Canalscape Phase 3<div class="ExternalClass79FC2A90C169483EBE0609EC7A978D33"><html> <p> ​Phoenix District 5 Councilwoman Betty Guardado joined with community members and students, as well as representatives from the Street Transportation and Fire departments, Salt River Project (SRP) and Hunter Contracting Co., for a ceremonial groundbreaking celebration for Phase 3 of the city's Grand Canalscape project on Tuesday.<br> </p> <p>The celebration was held at 63rd Avenue and Clarendon Avenue, where Sunset Basin Park borders the canal. This will be the site of a future fitness area and new pedestrian/bike bridge that will cross over the canal and connect both sides of the neighborhood. </p> <p>"This is an exciting day for our Maryvale community, to have this much needed and long-awaited project get underway," Councilwoman Guardado said. "The Grand Canalscape Phase 3 will not only beautify the area along the canal, but it will create a welcoming area for residents to get outside and be active. It will also provide a safe pathway for our residents to connect to schools, parks, jobs, entertainment and more."<br></p> <p>Phase 3 of the project includes the section of the canal that runs from 75th to 47th avenues. Improvements will be made to the north bank of the canal and add a route of connectivity for commuting and recreational use, and create a safe corridor for residents traveling by foot or on a bike. </p> <p>The existing dirt path will be transformed into a fully ADA-accessible improved concrete pathway, with lighting and landscaping. Also included in the upgrades will be the addition of signalized crosswalks where the pathway will cross existing streets, as well as seating areas, trash and pet waste receptacle​s, and a public art component.</p> <p>The Grand Canalscape project is an example of how a partnership is helping to improve the community. SRP operates the canal system and is collaborating with the city's Street Transportation Department on this project. Both SRP and the city are working to coordinate construction with Hunter Contracting Co.  </p> <p>Phase 3 is funded by SRP's Aesthetics Fund, which is available to the cities through which its canals pass. The city's contribution to the project is to manage the construction process and provide ongoing maintenance once it is built.</p> <p>The anticipated completion of Phase 3 is fall 2024. </p> <p>Learn more about Grand Canalscape Phase 3: <a href="/streets/grandcanal3" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Streets/GrandCanal3</a>​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets

 

 

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