3rd and 5th Avenues Improvement Project - North of McDowell Road

​Project Overview

This project is intended to identify bicycle and pedestrian improvements for Third and Fifth avenues north of McDowell Road. Making these types of improvements north of McDowell Road would help extend the bicycle and pedestrian improvements that are currently under design for Third and Fifth avenues south of McDowell Road. The scope for this design project includes a traffic analysis, an assessment to provide sidewalk connectivity, an assessment of minor area drainage concerns at three local streets, traffic signal modifications at Thomas Road and McDowell Road and the development of bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements. 

Project Location

  • Third Avenue between McDowell Road and Muhammad Ali Way
  • Fifth Avenue between McDowell Road and Thomas Road

Project Schedule

  • Planning: Spring 2017 - Fall 2018
  • Design:  Fall 2019 - Fall 2020
  • Construction: The construction timeline remains to be determined. Currently there are no funds budgeted for construction.

Project Information Resources

Shown below are the design concepts for 3rd and 5th avenues that were on display at the open house meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. These concepts were identified as part of the 3rd and 5th Avenues Mobility Assessment conducted in 2018 by the city of Phoenix in partnership with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).

11/12/19 Open House Display Boards - Design Concepts (MAG Prefered Concepts)  

​3rd Avenue Design Concepts

5th Avenue Design Concepts


As part of the next steps for this project, the design team will analyze the MAG design concepts to determine their feasibility. Based on public input and the outcomes from the feasibility study the design team will identify possible design options for  3rd and 5th avenues. These design options will be made available for public input in spring of 2020.

In the meantime, we welcome your input to understand the outcomes you would like to see from this project. The intent of seeking your input on the concepts identified as part of the MAG Assessment is to understand what you do and/or do not like about each option.

To submit input please complete the online comment form or email your comments to 3rdAND5thAvenuesNorth@phoenix.gov by Dec. 1, 2019.


Public Input Opportunties

Thank you for your interest in making our city streets safer and more livable.

Opportunities for public involvement will be made available during the following design milestones:

  • 15% Design Completion - Spring 2020

  • 60% Design Completion - Summer 2020

  • 90% Design Completion - Fall 2020

Sign up to receive project updates and notices about upcoming public involvement opportunities here.   


Online Comment Form

We welcome your comments and questions about the proposed improvements for this project.  

Please enter your comments/questions here.


Public Meeting

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

Burton Barr Central Library (Pulliam Auditorium), 1221 N. Central Ave. 

As a continuation of the bicycle and pedestrian friendly improvements that are currently under design for Third and Fifth avenues south of McDowell Road, the Street Transportation Department is seeking input on opportunities to extend bicycle and pedestrian improvements north of McDowell Road. 

Members of the public are encouraged to attend this meeting to share their input on the type of mobility improvements they would like to see considered as part of this project. Public comments will be considered to inform the design process for this project. 

This meeting will be held in an open house format without a formal presentation.The information shared at this meeting will be made available on this webapge following the meeting.

Additional opportunities for public input will be made available as this project advances. 


Project Contact

Email: 3rdAND5thAvenuesNorth@phoenix.gov

Phone Number: 480-281-1506