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Last month’s Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee meeting covered several subjects including a new non-standard sidewalk Treatment policy, an update to the Key Corridors Master Plan Update, and an update to the Accelerated Pavement Maintenance Program. I understand this meeting took place a while ago, but still wanted to provide a decent summary since a couple important projects were covered, especially the Key Corridors Master Plan.

Non-Standard Sidewalks

    • City staff presented a proposed policy regarding Non-Standard crosswalk treatments like the two rainbow crosswalks that were recently installed in the Melrose District as well as Central & Portland
    • The proposed policy would allow Non-Standard crosswalk treatments only in within high-visibility crosswalks at signalized and stop-sign controlled intersections.
    • The city would maintain the white high-visibility markings, and the sponsoring organization would maintain the colored markings within the lines.
    • City staff indicated the installation cost for the average Non-Standard treatment would range from $6-25k.

Key Corridors Master Plan Update

    • The Key Corridors Master Plan Update is a citywide initiative intended to create an system to effectively and efficiently accommodate all roadway users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, scooters, and of course cars and freight.
    • The plan will work by determining primary and secondary uses for different roads in Phoenix, and then planning and building the infrastructure to support those uses. However, just because a particular method isn’t the primary or secondary use doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be included from using that roadway, the method just won’t be emphasized. This means that improvement dollars for a given road are likelier to go toward its primary and secondary uses.
    • The overall idea is to create a layered grid of different roadway types. Bicyclists, for instance, would be able to commute across the city using roads with designated bike lanes, and be safely separated (at most points) from high-speed cars and freight, which would travel along the wider, higher-speed arterial roads.
    • The project was started in April of 2018 and is now in its first round of stakeholder and public outreach. Primary and secondary uses for streets will be identified sometime in June 2019, with a second and final round of public outreach taking place around July.
    • The project incorporates plans and input from several sources, including community-designed transit plans, the Citizens’ Transportation Commission, the Complete Streets Initiative, regional transit/freeway plans, and many others, including a public website dedicated to the project.
    • You can participate and provide input for this project at PhoenixKeyCorridors.com
    • Among the priorities identified by communities:
      • Safer streets for pedestrians, specifically better lighting, improved crossings, and reduced speed limits in appropriate places.
      • Improved bicycle infrastructure, including protected bike lanes.
      • Creating sense of place by protecting the character of communities and creating amenities that are close to home.
      • Expanding transit, including providing enhanced frequency and shaded transit stops.
      • Enhancing regional connectivity, providing reliable and fast links between major employment, education, and commercial centers.

Accelerated Pavement Program

    • The city is moving forward on its plan to resurface our streets at a faster pace. This faster pace was made possible by delaying – and likely killing – several planned Light Rail extensions.
    • For a given street, the resurfacing takes about 1 week from notification of local residents to completion.
    • The City is making use of a specialized vehicle that photographs streets and identifies various issues including rough surfaces and potholes. Data from this vehicle is used to prioritize street repairs.
    • In an effort to avoid cutting new pavement, the City is working with utility companies and various other parties to ensure underground maintenance is conducted prior to resufacing a given street.
    • The City recently launched a very cool tool that allows citizens to place different-colored pins on a map of the City to notify the Transportation Department of various pavement issues such as rough patches and potholes.

Anthony Previte