Van Buren Street Improvement Project

Street sign for east Van Buren StreetAs 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.

Project Overview

Street scene depicting bike lane markingsThe 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.

Street configuration illustrations

Phase 1: Van Buren Street (7th to 24th Streets)

Phase 2: Van Buren Street (24th to 40th Streets)


Project Timeline

Initiate Public Input Process – mid 2016

Preliminary Design Plans – 2016

Phase 1 Design – Scheduled to be completed by mid 2020 (UPDATED)

Phase 1 Construction – Scheduled to be completed by late 2020

The design and construction timeline for Phase 2 currently remains to be determined.


Project Resources

Design Renderings

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.    

Project Contact

Jose M. Rodriguez - Project Design Manager