2021 Street Transportation Department Year End Reviewhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2189Street Transportation12/23/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2189/cool pavement image newsroom crop.jpg2021 Street Transportation Department Year End Review<div class="ExternalClass7267561598714EEDA0810A52893F38A5"><html> <p>The Phoenix Street Transportation Department's 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.<br></p><p>The efforts of department staff during 2021 held true to that mission, as shown through the completion of significant projects and facilitation of impactful initiatives. These are the major highlights from the 2021 calendar year.</p><p><strong>Paving Season</strong> <br>The annual paving season began in March, when 55th Avenue received mill and overlay from Pinnacle Peak to Happy Valley Road. The season ended in November, with the completion of Grant Street from I-17 to 19th Avenue. In all, 518 miles of city roadway received paving treatments in 2021. That number includes all work completed as part of the city's <a target="_blank" href="/streets/accelerated-pavement-maintenance-program">Accelerated Pavement Maintenance Program</a>. </p><p>Breakdown of pavement treatment projects:</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;">Major streets</p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>64 miles paved (mill and overlay)</li><li>45 miles treated with other pavement preservation (fog seal, fractured aggregate surface treatment, micro or slurry seal)</li><li>87 miles crack sealed</li></ul><p style="text-decoration:underline;">Local streets</p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>21 miles paved (mill and overlay)</li><li>220 miles treated with other pavement preservation (fog seal, fractured aggregate surface treatment, micro or slurry seal)</li><li>81 miles crack sealed</li></ul><p>Additionally, 3,724 pedestrian ramps were upgraded to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and to meet federal requirements.</p><p><strong>Accelerated Pavement Maintenance Program</strong><br> During August 2021, the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/accelerated-pavement-maintenance-program">Accelerated Pavement Maintenance Program</a> celebrated the completion of more than 500 miles of paving since its inception in 2019. In 2018, City Council authorized $200 million in <a href="/t2050" target="_blank">Transportation 2050</a> (T2050) funding over five years to accelerate pavement maintenance. </p><p><strong>Cool Pavement Program</strong><br> In October, the next phase of the city's <a target="_blank" href="/streets/coolpavement">Cool Pavement Program</a> began as work crews started <a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2113" target="_blank">applying a cool pavement seal coat to neighborhood streets within the boundary of 19th and 15th avenues between Broadway and Roeser roads in South Phoenix</a>. <br></p><p>This next round of the ongoing program and study will analyze two new asphalt coatings that have higher reflective values than the material applied to nine select citywide sites in 2020. One coating is the same light gray color and the other is a darker gray. City staff and researchers from Arizona State University also will analyze the durability of the coating during this next phase. </p><p>In September, <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2064">the results of the first year of the program and study were announced</a>, which showed that the average surface temperature in test locations is 10.5 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit lower than traditional asphalt at noon and during the afternoon hours, and that surface temperatures at sunrise averaged 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit lower.  </p><p><strong>7th Street Bridge Over the Rio Salado</strong><br> After an expedited six-month repair and reconstruction project, the <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2043">7th Street bridge reopened on August 28</a>. Following a gas utility line fire, the bridge, and city trails under the bridge, had been closed since February 28. Approximately 40 percent of the structure was damaged and needed to be demolished and rebuilt. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df6hJw4RQxU">Watch a time-lapse video of the demolition and reconstruction project</a></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><strong>3rd and 5th Avenues Improvement Project</strong><br> Finished in phases throughout the year and fully realized on November 23, the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdAnd5thAvenues">3rd and 5th Avenues Improvement Project</a> added upgraded and safer bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure on both roadways between Washington Street and McDowell Road. </p><p>The project also improved traffic circulation around the downtown area by converting both roads from one-way to two-way traffic between Washington and Roosevelt streets. Other improvements included upgraded traffic signals, landscaping enhancements, the addition of shade structures, and new pavement and roadway striping.​ <br></p><p><a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2167" target="_blank">The project also features the city's first two-way protected bicycle lane that runs along 3rd Avenue from Roosevelt Street to McDowell Road</a>. A <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdAnd5thAvenuesNorth">future project</a> on 3rd and 5th avenues north of McDowell Road, currently in the planning phase, will continue the two-way protected bike lanes up to Thomas Road.</p><p><strong>Road Safety Action Plan</strong><br> To improve safety for all users of Phoenix's roadways, the department is developing a <a target="_blank" href="/streets/roadsafety">Road Safety Action Plan</a>. In November, the community engagement phase of that process began with a citywide virtual public meeting. Community input is integral to the formation of the plan, and through February 2022 residents are encouraged to participate in an <a target="_blank" href="https://live.metroquestsurvey.com/?u=kq5n5y#%21/?p=web">online interactive survey</a>. </p><p>The <a target="_blank" href="/streets/roadsafety">Road Safety Action Plan</a> will address these key priorities:</p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of data and current conditions</li><li>Establish a clear vision and mission to unite residents, stakeholders and staff across multiple city departments with a common goal</li><li>Determine a High Injury Network (HIN) that identifies problem locations and helps determine solutions and prioritization</li><li>Provide inclusive public engagement in the planning process</li><li>Create new and modernize existing safety evaluation tools</li><li>Provide a system of recommendations that respond to data and public input, and connect to the 4 E's of Traffic Safety: Evaluation, Engineering, Enforcement, Education</li></ul><p><strong>Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet – Always Stop on Red!</strong><br> In November, the department's Pedestrian Safety section debuted a new public service announcement, titled <a target="_blank" href="https://youtu.be/LYMtwQWUvFw">“Always Stop on Red!"</a>. It was created in collaboration with PHXTV and is the second video safety message as part of the department's <a target="_blank" href="https://youtu.be/IhltzXheEsI">“Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet"</a> series. </p><p><strong>HAWK Pedestrian Signal Crossings</strong><br> The department installed its 70th HAWK pedestrian signal crossing in December at 7th Avenue and Cocopah Street. A <strong>H</strong>igh-intensity <strong>A</strong>ctivated cross<strong>W</strong>al<strong>K</strong> (HAWK) signal is a traffic control device that helps facilitate the safe flow of pedestrians and bicyclists. </p><p>Throughout 2021, the department activated four HAWKs citywide:</p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>7th Street and the Highline Canal (No. 67)</li><li>3rd Avenue and Latham Street (No. 68)</li><li>7th Avenue south of Buckeye Road (No. 69)</li><li>7th Avenue and Cocopah Street (No. 70)​​<br></li></ul></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationA road construction crew paves a streetStreets@StreetsPHXGregg Bachgregg.bach@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/22/Gregg_Bach.jpgStreetsPHX



Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2444Planning and Development8/12/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/s3KZdWm2AwQ Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.<div class="ExternalClass305E4A1FF9DE4F39ACDC7561FC5B6DCA"><html> <p> <span data-offset-key="clmos-0-0">This new adaptive reuse project could be one of many new ventures along Hatcher Road. Check out the "Eye Opener's" conversion from a restaurant to a vintage furniture showroom with help from staff & Councilwoman Deb Stark.</span>​</p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideo
Phoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2443Fire8/12/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2443/dog 2.jpgPhoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pet<div class="ExternalClass5E97A77AC0C4452DBAAAF32F7FCB410C"><html> <p>​</p>Phoenix firefighters rescued a dog from a smoke-filled apartment in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire near 19th Avenue and Dunlap and arrived to find a single apartment filled with heavy black smoke. <br><br>Upon arrival, fully turned-out firefighters from Engine 960 conducted a thorough search of the apartment; that's where they found an unresponsive dog. Firefighters carried the dog out of the apartment and quickly began resuscitation efforts.<br>​<br>Phoenix firefighters from stations 20 and 60 worked together to deploy a <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/fido-bags" target="_blank">'Fido Bag'</a>: Fido Bags are life-saving tools that are supplied to local fire departments and professional K9 Handlers from <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/home" target="_blank">the Fetch Foundation</a>.<br><br>Fido Bags contain reusable oxygen masks that have been specially designed to fit the nose of small pets including cats and rabbits and will also fit the muzzle of a large dog.<br><br>First responders on the scene used bottles of water to cool down the dog as they used the oxygen from the Fido Bag to help resuscitate it. <br><br>Thanks to support from the Automatic Aid System, the Glendale Fire Department was also on the scene and assisted with the efforts. <br><br>As the dog laid on the sidewalk receiving treatment, the owners watched from a distance. After a few minutes the dog regained consciousness and began to wag its tail. Shortly after, the dog was happily reunited with its family.<br><br><p>The Phoenix Fire Department wants to thank the Fetch Foundation for its support. The Fido Bag system offers pets across the Valley the best chance of survival in the case of an emergency.​​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNews
Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridgehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2441Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2441/USDOT Rio Salado bridge presser.jpgPhoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge<div class="ExternalClassE151A7F15FF6451AAC5144BFB56747CC"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.<br></p><p>WATCH: <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2442">Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference​</a><br></p><p>Phoenix will use the discretionary federal funding to construct the long-proposed Rio Salado Bike and Pedestrian Bridge, that will cross the river bed in alignment with 3rd Street and create impactful connectivity between south Phoenix and the city's downtown region.</p><p>When completed, the bridge will provide residents without a motor vehicle, or who prefer not to drive on every trip, with a safe option to cross the Rio Salado and gain improved access to jobs, schools, services and other opportunities. The bridge also will offer a convenient connection to the currently under construction South Central Light Rail Extension, and provide residents with increased recreational and exercise options with its proximity to the trails within the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.</p><p>In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project will include solar lighting upgrades along the existing Rio Salado pathway from Central Avenue to 40th Street.<br></p><p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p><p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews



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