3rd and 5th Avenues Improvement Project

​​​​*NEW* Project Construction Notices


​Project 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 included a 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.

Final Design Plans

These links will take you to the information that was shared during the January 28, 2020 Open House at the Pulliam Auditorium (see notice linked below under Public Involvement).
1-28-2020 Meeting Display Boards.pdf





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.

UPDATE: The project design team hosted an open house meeting on January 28, 2020 to present the final design exhibits. posted below. 

1-28-2020 - 3rd and 5th Avenues Open House Notice.pdf     

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

Start of Construction – May 18, 2020, 5th Avenue and VanBuren

Construction Completion - Early 2021

UPDATE: Area stakeholders will be notified prior to the start of construction and will be kept informed of project impacts throughout each phase 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