3rd Street Rio Salado Projects

​​The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is in the planning stage for two projects that would provide a comfortable, low-stress connection for residents walking or riding bicycles from downtown Phoenix to or across the Rio Salado.​

  • ​​Project No. 1: 3rd Street, Rio Salado to Lincoln Connector​
  • Project No. 2: 3rd Street Rio Salado Bike/Pedestrian Bridge

The 3rd Street Rio Salado Bike/Pedestrian Bridge will be ​funded thanks to a U.S. Department of Transportation RAISE grant. The grant was awarded to the city in August 2022. ​

Both projects were identified as part of the Transportation 2050 (T2050) Mobility Program and were assigned high priority for the South Downtown Neighborhoods Mobility Study Area.

The video below is an introduction to both projects.​ 

Follow this page for information regarding future community feedback opportunities.​

 Virtual Public Meeting: October 2021

Project Contact

Brandy Ruark, Project Manager

3rd Street, Rio Salado to Lincoln Connector

If funded and built, this project would provide a low-stress walking and biking connection between the north bank of the Rio Salado multi-use path into downtown Phoenix along the 3rd Street alignment.

Project benefits:

  • Empower residents and school children to access Rio Salado, thus encouraging healthy, sustainable activity

  • Create an easier way to get to the Rio Salado path network and habitat

Project features:

  • 12 to 18-foot wide, concrete multi-use path

  • 5-foot concrete sidewalks

  • ADA curb ramps

  • Curbs and gutters

  • Shade trees

  • Street lighting

  • Shared lane markings

  • Pedestrian signals​​

Tentative Project Schedule

Planning, Pre-Design and Construction: TBD

​3rd Street Rio Salado Bike / Pedestrian Bridge

The bridge project will be ​funded thanks to a U.S. Department of Transportation RAISE grant. The grant was awarded to the city in August 2022. 

The bridge will provide a comfortable connection across the Rio Salado for residents walking and biking. 

Project benefits:

  • Establishes a regional connection from Phoenix to Tempe and Mesa for residents walking or biking

  • Connects much of south-central Phoenix to both sides of the Rio Salado

  • Provides the opportunity to recreate, exercise and commute on a paved path free of conflict with people driving cars/trucks at higher speeds

Tentative Project Schedule

Planning and Pre-Design: Summer 2023

Construction: Summer/Fall 2025​

View project area map​ (click image to enlarge)Project Area Map