3rd Street Improvement Project


Project Overview

This project will improve traffic circulation, safety and mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists on 3rd Street between Garfield Street and Indian School Road. The safety, mobility improvements and 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
  • Protected bike lanes along 3rd Street
  • Pedestrian-activated signals for people crossing at Oak Street and Vernon Avenue
  • Green stencil bicycle lanes

​Tentative Project Status / Schedule

Final Design –  Preliminary design was 100% completed by May 2020 and it is under coordination with public utilities. This project is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2020. Updated

​Utility Coordination - Improvements, including new street lighting and traffic signals, are being coordinated with public utility companies with anticipated completion in fall of 2020. Updated

Construction – Anticipated to begin in winter 2020/2021 after acquisition of real estate is completed. Updated

Public Input Opportunities

A second public engagement opportunity is planned for October 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM when the city will hold a virtual project meeting.  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.  



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

                                                                                                                                                                                               Updated September 2020

 Project Area





Large Shade