​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​56th Street from Thomas Road to Camelback Road ​

Study and Project Background

Using a Design Assistance Grant provided by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), a study was conducted to develop a design concept for implementation of bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements on 56th Street from Thomas Road to Camelback Road in Phoenix (1.5 miles).

This community-driven project was initiated to develop a consistent corridor that puts the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists first, meets ADA standards, completes bicycle and pedestrian gaps along the corridor, addresses utilities and storm drainage issues, and provides opportunities for green infrastructure and enhanced landscape features that provide shade. The proposal also promotes safe routes to school connections. The development of a complete streets environment that includes a sense of place is the overarching goal.

Project Area MapTypical cross section for part of 56th StreetTypical cross section for part of 56th Street
Typical cross section for part of 56th Street

Virtual Public Meeting

The Street Transportation Department hosted a virtual public meeting via Webex on October 25, 2022 at 6 p.m., to discuss the design phase of the project. You can view the meeting below. ​​

Project Features

Proposed improvements include: 

  • A 10-12' multi-use path fo​​r younger cyclists, school-age children, families and pedestrians  
  • Providing a continuous multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path on both west and east side of 56th street for safety and connectivity  
  • A 24" storm drain down 56th Street from Thomas Road to Camelback Road to improve drainage
  • Low-water use trees for shade adjacent to the sidewalk and multi-use path
  • Possible changes or improvements to the existing roundabout at Exeter Boulevard
  • Upgraded curb ramps and sidewalks to the latest ADA standards
  • Traffic calming features to mitigate speed and improve overall safety​​

​Project Milestones

Phase 2 from Thomas Road to north of Indian School Road is funded for construction

Street Transportation is pursuing funding for Phase 1 from north of Indian School to Camelback Road 

Apply for additional funding - Ongoing

Final design phase for the full project began in May 2022

Begin construction on Phase 2 - Fall 2024

Project Contacts​

Project Hotline: 623-825-3444

Project e-mail: 56Street@phoenix.gov

Project Manager: Tariq Momika​​


Updated November 2022

 Virtual Public Meeting October 2022

​Previous Public Input Opportunities

This project has included extensive community input. The Street Transportation Department held three well-attended open houses for the 56th Street Corridor Study to gather input from the community. Approximately 330 residents attended the meetings and gave vital input on issues, design elements and alternative roadway cross-sections.​

Project information presented at Public Meeting No. 1 (June 20, 2018)

Project information presented at Public Meeting No. 2 (July 18, 2018)
Project information presented at Public Meeting No. 3 (September 26, 2018)​

Pre-Design Study

Review the 56th Street from Camelback Road to Thomas Road Complete Street Study​