3rd Street Improvement Project


Project Overview

This project is aimed at improving traffic circulation and mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists on 3rd Street between Garfield Street and Indian School Road​​. The roadway modifications include:

  • Reducing the number of travel lanes
  • Adding bicycle lanes on both sides of the street
  • Landscaping to add shade
  • Upgrading traffic signals
  • Street and pedestrian lighting
  • Sidewalk, ADA and driveway upgrades
  • Safer street crossings for pedestrians

This project was initiated from the 3rd Street Promenade Study, Reinvent Phoenix Mid-Town transit district planning, community feedback and the Downtown Phoenix Comprehensive Transportation Study (DPCTS).  The DPCTS was undertaken to identify and evaluate potential roadway, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and parking improvements associated with Phoenix’s downtown street and transportation system. The recommendations from the DPCTS resulted from studying a variety of transportation-related elements in the city's core, interviews with stakeholders, and meetings with community focus groups. 

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Project 95% Design Plans

3rd Street Design Renderings

The ​final design plans include the following recent design features:

  • Dual tilt shade structures.
  • A delineator system to create protected bike lanes along 3rd Street.​
  • RRFB (Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon) crossings at Oak Street and Vernon Avenue.
  • Green stencil bicycle lanes.                                                                                                                   

​Tentative Project Status / Schedule

Final Design – Project design anticipated to be 100% complete by May 2020. Updated
Construction – Anticipated to begin in fall 2020 Updated

Public Input Opportunities

A second public open house is tentatively planned in summer 2020.  Meeting details will be posted to this web page once they are confirmed.

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.    



​​If you have questions about these design alternatives or would like to submit comments, please contact one of the following project representatives:

                                                                                                                                                                                               Updated August 2020

 Project Area





Large Shade