The City of Tempe is running a simluation to get an idea of what to expect when Broadway Road is re-positioned between Rural Road and Mill Avenue. Between September 16 and September 30 the outside eastbound lane will be barricaded off and the city will conduct traffic counts on Rural, Mill, and Broadway, as well as traffic counts and speeds on Alameda, Encanto, Dateland and College. According to the department’s Public Information Officer, Sue Taaffe, the city will conduct similar counts September 10 through 12 to establish a baseline data set. She also said that in instances when a traffic lane is barricaded off, such as this, bicycles are not technically allowed in the lane.
This is all in preparation to expand Broadway Road from five through lanes of traffic to six. The re-design will replace the existing design of three eastbound, two westbound, and one center turn lane for motor vehicle use. The new design will include two lanes of through motor vehicle traffic in each direction, one lane of bicycle traffic in each direction, and a landscaped center median. The project will also enhance existing facilities for walking traffic along the corridor.
Upon conclusion of the simulation the existing lane will re-open to traffic and the city will host a public meeting to discuss the results on October 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Community Christian Church, located at 1701 South College Avenue. Citizens are also encouraged to submit comments and concerns online at http://www.tempe.gov/broadwayroad through October 28.