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

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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 (Edgemont Ave to Muhammad Ali Way will be part of a later phase)

  • ​Fifth Avenue between McDowell Road and Thomas Road​​

 Virtual Project Update January 20, 2022

Recent Updates

Construction Notice for 3rd Ave at Encanto Blvd Sept 2023​Construction Notice for​ 5th Ave August 2023
Construction Start Notice April 2023
Aviso de Construcción​ abril 2023

Roll Plots

​​Roll Plots for 3rd Avenue (January 2022)​
​​​​Roll Plots for 5th Avenue (January 2022)

Project S​​​chedule

  • Planning: Spring 2017 - Fall 2018

  • Design:  Fall 2019 - Fall 2023

  • 5th Avenue - Construction anticipated to be complete in fall 2024

  • ​3rd Avenue - Construction estimated to be complete in summer 2024

Project Contact

Email: 3rdAND5thAvenuesN​orth@phoenix.gov

Project Hotline: 623-825-3444

Project History

February 2021 Virtual Public Meeting

February 2021 Virtual Project Update

February 2021 Virtual Project Update Web Part Menu 

​​Roll Plots February 2021

​​Roll Plots for 3rd Avenue (February 2021)

​Roll Plots for 5th Avenue (February 2021)

​​July 2021

​​​​July 2021 Update from the Project Team

October 2020

Project Update from the Desk of the Street Transportation Director

July 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.

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

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

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