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 construction on 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 - Spring 2022

  • Construction: The construction timeline remains to be determined. Currently there are no funds budgeted for construction. 

Future Public Input Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in making our city streets safer and more livable. We welcome your comments and questions about the proposed improvements for this project.

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

  • Next Public Meeting -- Early 2022

Sign up to receive project updates and notices about upcoming public involvement opportunities by emailing the project team here.

Project History

Up​​date October 14, 2020

Project Update from the Desk of the Street Transportation Director

Update July 30, 2020

Thank you to those who attended the Virtual Public Meeting and Project Update Meeting and provided input through the survey. We appreciate your involvement. 


 Presentation Materials from 7-30-2020

Roll Plot Showing Overview of 3rd Avenue

Roll Plot Showing Overview of 5th Avenue

Please note: these roll plots do not depict the final design decisions described in the October 14 Project Update noted above.

Answers to Questions Submitted to Panelists during Virtual Meeting

November 2019

(Previously presented which guided city staff to the design above)

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 Preferred Concepts)  

November 2019 3rd Avenue Design Concepts

November 2019 5th Avenue Design Concepts

Virtual Project Update

February 24, 2021 at 6 PM

The Street Transportation project team will provide an update on design decisions made after the July 30, 2020 virtual meeting and share the 60 percent design plans. 

To view and listen ONLY to the live meeting using a web-enabled device with both video and audio. Click tinyurl.com/Feb24-3rdand5thNorth to join the meeting. If you are asked for a password, type Update.

Meeting Notice in English
Aviso de Reunión Pública​​​

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Roll Plots for 3rd Avenue - Feb 24 Meeting
Roll Plots for 5th Avenue - Feb 24 Meeting

​Watch the July 30, 2​020 Project Update Virtual Meeting

Project Contact

Email: 3rdAND5thAvenuesNorth@phoenix.gov

Phone Number: 480-281-1506

Updated December 2021