McDowell Road Revitalization Project

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​​About the Project

The Phoenix Street Transportation Department is in the early planning stage of a project to revitalize the McDowell Road corridor between 7th Street and State Route 51 (Piestewa Freeway). The focus of this study is to identify and confirm community-supported safety and aesthetic improvements to achieve four main goals:

  • Creating a safer and more inviting area for people walking or riding bicycles to locations along the corridor,
  • Improving navigation in and around the retail areas,
  • Enhancing access to transit, and
  • Fostering a sense of place and identity.

This project is intended to promote pedestrian safety by working with the surrounding community to discuss and identify potential corridor improvements that emphasize safety, comfort and connectivity for all users. This project aligns with the city's Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan and overall vision to prioritize safety and transportation access. 

The planning, or study phase, of this project is funded by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). 

​March 2023 Update

Many community members were vocal about wanting a safe place to bicycle along McDowell Road. Arterial roads, such as McDowell Road, carry higher volumes of vehicles that move at faster speeds, so safety is a paramount concern. 

The Street Transportation Department is working with MAG and its consultants to obtain post-COVID traffic modeling data that will allow staff to study traffic lane reduction options that could include bike lanes on a portion of McDowell Road. Traffic and design engineers will explore the addition of bicycle lanes. 

 Virtual Public Meeting: September 20, 2022

 Virtual Public Meeting: October 3, 2023

A live virtual public meeting was hosted via Webex on October 3, 2023 at 6 p.m., to provide a project update to the community. ​​​A video recording of the meeting is viewable above and on YouTube​.​​

A community survey was available in English and Spanish from October 3 through November 30, 2023.​ Thank you to the many community members who participated and provided input about this project.

Project Option Diagrams

Concept Option 1
Concept Option 2Concept Option 3

Corridor Opportunities and Features
  • Frequent bus service
  • Established McDowell Miracle Mile brand
  • Diverse, unique local businesses
  • Wayfinding
  • Public art / murals
  • Micromobility / bikeshare / scootershare
  • Large amount of development underway
  • Ties to historic neighborhoods
  • Medical employment
  • Historic structures
  • Shade trees / existing sidewalks
  • Bicycle and transit connections from adjacent streets

​​Roll Plot - Overhead View of Corridor

The map linked below shows the corridor and general overview of where the City of Phoenix right-of-way exists. This is subject to surveying, but will give residents a general idea of how the city could work within the existing right-of-way space. 

McDowell Road Corridor from 7th St to SR 51 Roll Plot

​​Project Schedule

The planning, or study phase, of this project has been extended to obtain updated, post-COVID traffic studies. Please see the March 2023 Update posted on this page. The design and construction phases for this project are not yet funded.​

Project Contacts

Public Information: Albert Granillo at 623-825-3444 or​

​Project Manager: Brandy Ruark​ at 602-495-2068 or​


Street Transportation Title VI and ADA Program
Title VI Notice to the Public and ADA Policy Statement

The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department hereby gives notice that it is the agency's policy to assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title II of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related statutes and regulations in all program​​​​​​​s and activities. These federal statutes require that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program, activity or service the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department administers. More information regarding the Title VI program can be found at Street Transportation Title VI and ADA Program or email  STR Title VI Program.​​​

Map of Project Area

Map of Project Area Extending from 7th St to SR 51

Existing Conditions

​Note: Images intentionally blurred to obscure license plates, stickers or identifying information.Photo collage showing existing conditions on roadExisting conditions walking paths and storefronts