As a result of the highly successful Central Phoenix/East Valley Light
Rail project, the city and the private sector have leveraged this opportunity
by continuing to develop Transit-Oriented Development strategies, initiating a Complete
Streets process and investing over $5 billion in capital projects within the
light rail station areas. The Reinvent
Phoenix Program financed through a $2.9 million grant in 2012 from the
Housing and Urban Development Department aims to create a new model for urban
development in Phoenix – one that increases quality of life, transportation
choices, housing and economic opportunities. The neighborhoods near light rail
provide the logical starting point for this investment with five unique Transit
Districts representing a cross-section of Phoenix residents. Van Buren Street presents ideal conditions to
demonstrate the benefits of socially equitable, livable neighborhoods fully
connected by multiple modes of transportation.
The transportation efforts thus far have included a feasibility study
developed for the area between 24th and 40th streets and a feasibility study
and preliminary design plans for the area between seventh and 24th
streets. This has provided the framework
for Van Buren Street efforts being placed in the Phoenix Capital Improvement
Program in two separate phases. In
addition, these projects will provide valuable connections to federally
assisted projects such as the existing 11th Street improvements and the future
multi-use path along the Grand Canal connecting at 40th Street and Van
Buren. Links have also been made to the
Choice Neighborhoods grant process as a well as the work in conjunction with Global Green.
The primary focus of the Van Buren Street improvements project is to build off the various initial planning efforts that have been completed thus far and the positive features that exist in the corridor. This project is aimed at improving safety and developing a stronger pedestrian and bicycle environment along Van Buren Street that is accessible to future and existing development and all modes of transportation. The improvements will add bicycle infrastructure (per Phoenix's Bicycle Master Plan) and help create a stronger pedestrian and business-friendly environment (Complete Streets Initiative).
This project is intended to modify the existing roadway configuration to provide buffered bicycle lanes and sidewalk improvements along Van Buren Street. The bike lane buffer may be substituted in some areas to allow for on-street parking. Additionally, the current pedestrian access route will be upgraded to incorporate missing sections of sidewalks and construction of accessible curb ramps to meet all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Landscape features will be added at certain areas of opportunity along the project. Finally, some street lighting and signal modifications will be included in this project.
Phase 1: Van Buren Street (7th to 24th Streets)
Phase 2: Van Buren Street (24th to 40th Streets)
Initiate Public Input Process – mid 2016
Preliminary Design Plans – 2016
Phase 1 Design – Scheduled to be completed by mid 2019
Phase 1 Construction – Scheduled to be completed by late 2020
The design and construction timeline for Phase 2 currently remains to be determined.
Public Input Opportunities
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.
Jose M. Rodriguez - Project Design Manager