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.
Public comment was available online through Feb. 28, 2013. View the final design concept which will be used to develop construction documents.
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. Construction will begin in early 2014 and last six to eight months.
Artwork Concept/Description: The installation is for the full length of the University Drive Streetscape Project for sidewalks on the north and south side of University Drive from Priest Drive to Ash Avenue. The project is comprised of pedestrian tracings painted on concrete sidewalks. The tracings are intended to engage pedestrians psychologically and physically. They are comprised of seven base patterns: Strutting, Skipping, Galloping, Jogging, Triple Jumping, Moon Walking and Hobbling. The base patterns will be complemented with improvised variations based on site-specific conditions and may include 1. Stop and Look 2. Meander 3. Conflict (reverse left-right adherence) 4. Hopscotch (or other games). The base patterns will be further complemented with animal tracks that traverse the sidewalks. The animal tracks will be based on Sonoran Desert animals and may include Javelina, Lizard, Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Coyote, Road Runner and Gambel’s Quail. Artist Christopher Trumble
PowerPoint presentation from Jan. 12, 1012
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
University Drive Fact Sheet
Contact project manager Eric Iwersen for more information.