The study team will consider several key factors when developing strategies for the corridor. The study area is one of the most heavily used and congested highway segments in the region. It provides access to downtown Phoenix and carries regional traffic. It is a part of Arizona’s Key Commerce Corridor system, which moves freight around and through the state. Designs are needed that can optimize safety, traffic flow and access to the surrounding communities, while also accommodating regional travel.
Another factor for consideration is integration with existing local plans, such as those from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Phoenix’s Downtown Transportation Plan. The Downtown Transportation Plan has identified a variety of street, transit, and bicycle and pedestrian solutions to improve ways to get to and around the downtown area. Potential strategies will consider and complement these multimodal plans.
As with all transportation planning MAG undertakes, public input will be a key factor in the selection of improvement recommendations. Opportunities will be provided throughout the study for members of the public to provide feedback on proposed strategies. These opportunities will include surveys, comment forms, and a public meeting.