University Drive



Completed in 2015, the University Drive Streetscape project enhances the streetscape and calms traffic on University Drive between  Ash Avenue and Priest Drive. The project includes bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, public art, additional crosswalk opportunities, ADA improvements and landscaping. The project is intended to promote neighborhood stability, sustainable business and development efforts while continuing Tempe's commitment to alternative modes of transportation. The University Drive Streetscape Project was identified in the Comprehensive Transportation Plan as part of the Tempe 2030 General Plan.

univerity at roosevelt before    university at roosevelt after 

University at Roosevelt before                                    University at Roosevelt after


This project was funded with $2.2 million in federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality grant money. The city of Tempe also contributed (through the transit fund) a 5.7% match of the total grant money received. Council supported the design concept at their May 9, 2013 Issue Review Session. Following an extensive public involvement process for the project, the final designs for the streetscape project were completed in fall 2013. 

View the final design concept

Construction documents

University Art Median between Farmer and Wilson      Median closer to Priest      Artist Jason Griffiths 

Above are images of the public art being installed along University Drive. 

Public Art: Jason Griffiths has been selected as the artist for the University Drive Streetscape Project. View the art concept.

PowerPoint presentation from Jan. 12, 2012

Public comments from Jan. 12, 2012 meeting

Aerial Map Comment 1 from Jan. 12, 2012 meeting

Aerial Map Comment 2 from Jan. 12, 2012 meeting

Aerial Map Comment 3 from Jan. 12, 2012 meeting

1999 University Drive Corridor Study Summary

Comments from the web site through April 19, 2012

Comments from Tempe Forum 2012

Comments from Feb. 20, 2013 public meeting

PowerPoint presentation from Oct. 30, 2012 public meeting

Comments from 2013 Tempe Forum

Comments from June 18, 2013 public meeting regarding art concepts