In June 2010, the design team AECOM developed a preliminary design concept for 8th Street and the adjacent proposed Creamery Rail Spur Path between Rural Road and McClintock Drive. Public input into the design included AECOM and Tempe staff working with a group of area stakeholders consisting of neighborhood chairpersons, business and property owners as well as conducting several public meetings. The project design was well received and focused on enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the street and for the proposed multi-use path, landscaping, lighting and reconfigured on-street parking that maximized opportunities. The project design concept was used by staff to pursue federal grants for construction of the project.
On Aug. 14, 2014, the City Council approved a contract with the Tempe landscape architecture firm OTAK to provide consulting services related to refining the design. Because the current budget is not enough to fully fund all the elements identified in the preliminary design concept, public meetings were held on Sept. 30 and Nov. 3, 2014 to refine the design and to begin prioritizing project elements to fit within the budget.
The proposed design concept includes creating a two-way cycle track on the north side of the street with landscaping utilizing the abandoned Creamery Branch Rail Spur Dorsey to Rural, and incorporating on-street parking on the south side of the street to alleviate adjacent neighborhood parking and provide for success of area businesses. A cycle track is an on-street, two-way bike traffic facility that is protected from the vehicle lane with some type of vertical device. To date, the city has received $1.38 million in federal transportation funds for the project.
Staff plans to complete the public process including presenting to Tempe Boards and Commissions, and coordination with businesses, property owners and neighbors by late spring 2015, and construction could begin as early as January 2016. Comments were taken on the preferred design concepts below through November 10, 2014.
Contact project manager Eric Iwersen for more information.