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REVISED: Construction to Begin on Hardy Drive and University Drive Streetscape Projects

Post Date:03/11/2014

TEMPE NEWS /March 11, 2014

Marie Chapple Camacho
Public Information Officer

Construction is scheduled to begin on two separate streetscape projects in the downtown Tempe area that will improve pedestrian, bicycle and transit facilities while enhancing the streetscape on Hardy Drive between University Drive and Broadway Road and University Drive between Ash Avenue and Priest Drive.

Work on Hardy Drive is expected to begin the week of March 24, 2014 and last to January 2015; while University Drive begins from the week of April 7 to late-September 2014. During construction, the streets may be restricted, but it is not anticipated that either street will be closed.

Following an extensive public involvement process, final designs for each project were completed in fall 2013. On Jan. 9, 2014 Tempe City Council awarded construction contracts for both projects independently to Talis Construction Corp who will coordinate the projects’ schedules.

The Hardy Drive project is funded with $1.8 million in federal grant money. The University Drive project is funded with $1.65 million in federal grant money. Both projects have a 5 percent matching fund requirement, which will be paid for with Tempe Transit Tax funds.

The projects will make the streets more user-friendly, multi-modal and sustainable. Both projects will include bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, additional crosswalk opportunities, ADA improvements, public art and landscaping. These projects are intended to promote neighborhood stability, sustainable business and development efforts while continuing Tempe's commitment to alternative modes of transportation.

Also approved by the City Council on Jan. 9 was a contract with Sunland Inc. – Asphalt & Sealcoating for reconstruction, resurfacing and rehabilitation on University Drive between the Union Pacific Railroad and 48th Street. As part of the city’s pavement asset management program, the contract will include replacing pavement with partially recycled, rubberized asphalt. All existing concrete curb ramps will be improved to meet current ADA specifications. The improvements are necessary to ensure accessibility and safety for residents on Tempe streets. The project will be coordinated in conjunction with the University Drive Streetscape Project.

View the design concepts and learn more about each project at and



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