56th Street Corridor Study

​Project (Study) 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 MapCross Section Rendering Showing 56th Street Improvements

Project Features

Proposed improvements include: 

  • Six-foot bike lanes in both directions
  • An 8-10' multi-use path for younger cyclists, school children, families and pedestrians;  
  • Fully completed sidewalks on the west side of 56th Street for safety and connectivity; 
  • A 24" storm drain down 56th Street from Thomas Road to Camelback Road;
  • Low-water use trees for shade adjacent to the sidewalk and multi-use path;
  • Possible improvements to the existing roundabout at Exeter Boulevard; and
  • A proposed mid-block crossing near Veritas Preparatory Academy.

Project Information Resources

Project information presented at Public Meeting # 1 (June 20, 2018)

Project information presented at Public Meeting # 2 (July 18, 2018)

Project information presented at Public Meeting #3 (September 26, 2018)​

Public Input Opportunities

This project has included extensive community input. The City 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 Milestones

Apply for additional funding - Continuous

Start Design – July 2022 (or earlier)​

Construction – mid/late 2024 (or earlier)


Project Contact

Joseph Perez, Project Manager

Email: 56Street@phoenix.gov

Phone: 602-262-6284                                                                                                                                                                                    Updated 2/28/2020 TK