3rd and 5th Avenues Improvement Project

Third and Fifth Avenues logoProject Description

The city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is proposing to modify 3rd and 5th avenues, between Washington Street and McDowell Road. The planned improvements are elements of the Phoenix Comprehensive Downtown Transportation Study and the Comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan, both adopted by City Council.

The proposed improvements for 3rd and 5th avenues are aimed at increasing safety, improving circulation and livability of this corridor, extending and expanding bike facilities and introducing innovative bicycle improvements. 

Potential outcomes from this project are: more efficient circulation, safer roadways, multi-modal connectivity, greater economic development opportunity and area neighborhood preservation. This effort is seen as a singular piece of the overall program to make Phoenix a healthier, more vibrant community and our streets more livable.

A pre-design and feasibility study was conducted during the initial planning phase for this project. This process includeda three-day design workshop with participation from various community stakeholders, a number public meetings and presentations to community groups to obtain advice and insight about the study area for this project. Based on input collected from stakeholders during this process, design alternatives were developed and evaluated for suitability and implementation feasibility. Based on the study alternatives considered a final design recommendation was identified to provide an effective project outcome and a balanced approach to the historic neighborhoods and the transitional area to the south of Roosevelt Street. The final design concept was approved by the city of Phoenix Transportation and Infrastructure City Council Subcommittee in November of 2016.

schematic mapThis project is currently in the design phase. The design will reflect the final circulation design concept developed and selected during the planning phase.

This project is funded locally through the City’s Capital Improvement Program.

Project Information Resources

Listed below is the information that was presented at the open house meeting held for this project on June 20, 2018.

6-20-18 Open House - Design Plots

6-20-18 Open House - Public Comment/Response Matrix

Public Involvement

Thank you for your interest in making our city streets safer and more livable. Your questions and comments are valued as part of the public involvement process for this project. Opportunities for public involvement will be posted on this webpage as they become available. 

UPDATE: Opportunities for members of the public to view the final design exhibits for this project will be made available starting in spring or summer of 2020. As part of such opportunities, the project design team will host an open house public meeting to present the final design exhibits. Details about this meeting will be made available on this webpage.     

To receive project updates and notices about this project, please email 3rdAND5thAvenues@phoenix.gov.


Planning and Pre-Design Phase – Fall 2015Fall 2016

Design Phase – Spring 2020

UPDATE: As of August 2019, the project design plan is 90 percent complete. Based on public input, the design team is currently assessing additional opportunities to further enhance the landscaping elements for this project. Final design exhibits for this project will be made public by spring/summer 2020.

Start of Construction – Summer 2020

UPDATE: The start of construction has been placed on hold until the Water Services utility work currently underway in the project area is completed. Once a construction contractor is selected for this project, the construction schedule will be outlined and made public prior to the commencement of construction.

Please note the schedule for this project remains tentative and is subject to change.


Project Contact  

Angel Cobb - Project Design Manager
Phone: 602-495-2079
Email: 3rdAND5thAvenues@phoenix.gov