University Drive between Ash and McKemy will be restricted to one lane in each direction until Aug. 8.
The University Drive Streetscape project will improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities, enhance the streetscape and calm traffic on University Drive between Ash Avenue and Priest Drive. The project will include 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 is identified in the Comprehensive Transportation Plan as part of the Tempe 2030 General Plan.
This project is funded with $2.2 million in federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality grant money. The city of Tempe would also contribute (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. The construction contract was awarded to Talis Corp. by the Tempe City Council on January 9, 2014. Construction is scheduled to last until September 30, 2014. During construction, the streets may be restricted but it is not anticipated that the street will be closed.
Public Art: Jason Griffiths has been selected as the artist for the University Drive Streetscape Project. The public art elements, upon approval of their design, will be installed at the end of the street construction process. View the art concept.
PowerPoint presentation from Oct. 30, 2012 public meeting
Public comment on the streetscape design was available online through Feb. 28, 2013.
Contact project manager Eric Iwersen for more information.