As part an effort to make the city’s roadways safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while improving connections with transit, the city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is proposing a series of transportation improvements for Oak Street.
The proposed project will greatly enhance connectivity with existing and planned bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and transit service for this transportation corridor. Additional improvements include traffic calming measures at key locations and improved major street crossings.
The Oak Street corridor from Third Street to the Grand Canal was identified as priority #13 out of 39 corridors for implementation in the City of Phoenix Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) adopted by City Council in November 2014. Due to connectivity of the corridor with adjacent BMP projects, and the larger bicycle network, City staff applied for and was awarded a Maricopa Association of Governments Design Assistance Grant to complete a project assessment report addressing safety improvements for the Oak Street bicycle corridor to provide a low-stress environment for bicyclists.
Oak Street is a collector street in Central Phoenix, one-half mile south of Thomas Road and one-half mile north of McDowell Road. The City identified Oak Street for bicycle facility improvements because as a collector street it is part of the City grid system, and has lower vehicle counts than arterial streets to the north and south. As a two-lane roadway, Oak Street can provide a safe, easy, low-stress route for bicyclists.
The proposed plan for this project maintains the existing number of travel lanes on Oak Street and includes a two-way cycle track and bike lanes. The proposed improvements for this project include:
- Bike Lanes
- Two-Way Cycle track
- Intersection Pavement Markings and Improvements
- Street Lighting
- Traffic Calming Applications to Slow Vehicular Traffic
- Improved Drainage
- Modified and Improved Crossings at 7th Street, 16th Street and Thomas Road
- Improved Connectivity to the Grand Canal and Future 20th Street Bike Improvements
As part of the proposed plan for this project, the existing curbside parking on Oak Street will require the following modifications:
- 3rd Street to 7th Street – Parking shifts from north side to south side
- Dayton Street to 12th Street – Removal of south side parking
- 12th Street to 14th Street – Removal of south side parking
- 16th Street to 18th Street – Removal of north side parking
- 18th Street to 20th Street – Removal of north side parking
Project Location / Resources
Oak Street from Third Street to the Grand Canal
The Oak Street bicycle corridor begins at the intersection of Oak Street and Third Street, continues east along Oak Street to SR-51, and utilizes the existing pedestrian bridge to cross SR-51. The corridor then continues north along the east side of SR-51. The corridor follows 20th Place between Oak Street and Sheridan Street, and then utilizes an existing concrete path between Sheridan Street and Thomas Road. The corridor crosses Thomas Road at the 20th Street/Thomas Road intersection, and then continues north along 20th Street to the Grand Canal.
Oak Street Study Area Map
Oak Street Project Assessment Report (October 2016)
Proposed Design Plans and Information Presented at the Feb. 22, 2017 Open House Meeting
Tentative Project Schedule
Recommended Concept – 2016/2017
Design – 2019 UPDATED
Construction – 2020 UPDATED
Public Input Opportunities
6 p.m. - 8 p.m
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
North High School (Mustang Room), 1101 E. Thomas Rd.
Members of the public are invited to review and provide input on the latest design plans for the Oak Street project. The current design plan for this project is 30 percent complete and was developed based on public input received during the initial planning phase and project area engineering assessments. This meeting will be held in an open house format. The information that will be presented at this meeting will be placed on this webpage following the meeting.
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. Opportunities for public involvement will be posted on this webpage as they become available. Sign up to receive project updates and notice of upcoming public involvement opportunities by emailing OakStreetProject@phoenix.gov.
Chris Manno - Project Design Manager