Western Canalscape Phase 2: 24th Street to 48th Street

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Community Engagement

The Phoenix Street Transportation Department hosted an in-person open house on May 11, 2024 from 8 to 10 a.m. outside Gallagher's Sports Grill, 3320 E. Baseline Rd., to discuss the project with residents and gather input to help guide the pre-design study. Residents also provided input via an online survey that was available in English and Spanish from May 11 through May 31, 2024

Thank you to those who participated in the open house and survey. 

The community engagement and input process for this project will continue throughout 2024, please follow this page for updates. 

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About the Project

The Street Transportation Department is doing a pre-design study that will evaluate a three-mile segment of the Western Canal between 24th Street and 48th Street. The study will assess the south bank as an active transportation route (contiguous commuter and recreational route) and provide safe concepts for crossing infrastructure where the pathway intersects with arterial and collector streets. This project is a continuing partnership with Salt River Project (SRP) to develop areas of the canal bank in the southern region of Phoenix and connect it with the City of Tempe.

Where is this in the Process? 

Pre-design is the earliest phase of a potential project. There is no determined construction date or timeline because funding has not been allocated for design and construction. The pre-design phase will allow the team to assess the potential for constructing such a project and identify preliminary design considerations and budget estimates.

If built, Phase 2 of the Western Canalscape will re-integrate the Western Canal into the surrounding communities between 24th Street and 48th Street. Scroll down to view a project area map. 

Pre-Design Study Timeline

The pre-design study began in March 2024 and is scheduled to conclude in April 2025.​

Project Contacts

Project Manager:
Brandy Ruark, Project Manager

Public Engagement Contact:​
Albert Granillo, The Barnhart Co.

Pre-Design Study Concepts

  • Safe crossings at all intersecting city streets
  • Neighborhood pathway connections
  • Concrete pedestrian and bicycle pathway 
  • Lighting and landscaping where possible
  • Branded wayfinding

Other possible improvement concepts may include seating areas, shade structures, pedestrian bridges and public art.

Western Canalscape Phase 1 

​Construction on Phase 1 of the Western Canalscape project​, from 4th Avenue to 24th Street, is scheduled to begin during summer 2024. 

Learn more about W​estern Canalscape Phase 1

Experience a Similar Project

To experience a similar completed canalscape project, visit the Grand Canalscape between Interstate-17 and the City of Tempe border near 56th Street north of Tempe Town Lake. 

Learn about the completed Grand Canalscape project

Fun Facts

Did you know the Phoenix metro area has 180 miles of canals? That's more miles of canals than Venice and Amsterdam combined. Venice has approximately 26 miles of canals and Amsterdam approximately 60 miles.​

​The nine canals that make up the Valley's canal system were developed more than 100 years ago, beginning in 1883.​​​

If built, this project would provide bicyclists and pedestrians access to:

  • 3 commerce areas
  • 6 public parks
  • 9 schools and
  • 16 places of worship 

​Project Area Map​

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