With a state engineer on board, design work is underway on the transformation of Bullard Avenue, between Greenway Road and Peoria Avenue, city staff informed the Bullard Avenue Task Force, Thursday evening.
Per task force recommendation, this stretch of Bullard Avenue will be restored to two travel lanes in each direction, while maintaining the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit. Traffic signals will also be added at the Acoma and Sweetwater intersections, to complement existing crosswalks.
With five schools located in the area and more than 600 students crossing Bullard during the school year, the city secured $1.7 million in federal grant money, including a $500,000 city match, for a total of $2.2 million to fund safety improvements. As a federally-funded project, it must be administered through the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
Bike lanes and cycle tracks (safety buffers), along with landscaping are included in the project.
Design and drainage plan drafts and an environmental assessment are expected to be completed this summer. Final reports are scheduled for completion this fall. The project bid is expected to be advertised in early 2018, with construction planned for May 2018 – October 2018. The previously announced tentative construction start date of late 2017 was pushed back to allow for the selection of a project engineer and for securing additional grant money to cover the costs of installing a landscaped median.
For questions please contact Mike Gent at email@example.com or 623.222.6223. For background information please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.
Using resident feedback from the August 17th and September 8th public meetings and through the online survey, the volunteer Bullard Avenue Task Force will meet on Thursday, September 24, 6 p.m., in the Community Room of City Hall.
The meeting was originally scheduled the evening of September 22, which is the start of Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday. To ensure as many people can attend the meeting that want to attend, the new date is Thursday, Sept. 24.
City Manager Bob Wingenroth made the announcement to City Council, during Tuesday night’s public council meeting during the City Manager Report.
The group is comprised of volunteer residents, school officials and a business representative and is charged with studying workable solutions, while maintaining public safety along Bullard, from Greenway to Peoria.
They will be presented current traffic data and be asked to consider the following options that we heard most from the public:
- Maintain a single lane for traffic in each direction, but remove the electric vehicle lane, creating a buffer next to the bike lane and more clearly stripe right turn lanes along the corridor.
- Go back to 2 lanes in each direction for vehicular travel, maintain the 35 MPH speed limit and add enhanced signaling at the school crossing zones.A timeline for resolution will be determined based on the final option selected.
The group may identify additional options during the course of the conversation.
The public is invited to attend the meeting. Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 623.222.6223.
The City of Surprise invites the public to attend a community information meeting regarding the recent speed limit and striping changes along Bullard Avenue, Greenway to Peoria avenues.
When: Monday, August 17, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Where: Marley Park Elementary School, 15042 W. Sweetwater Avenue
At the start of the school year, the city added three new crosswalks on Bullard providing safe access for children attending the five schools in the area. With the new crosswalks in place, the speed limit was reduced to 35 mph. A bike lane was added, as was a golf cart lane, which doubles as a safety buffer between the traffic lane and bike lane. With announced busing changes to some of the Dysart schools in the area, the pedestrian and bike traffic is also expected to increase, another reason for the safety improvements.
Staff will be on hand to give a brief presentation detailing the changes and why they were made, and be available to answer any questions.
For more information please contact Mike Gent at 623.222.6223 or email@example.com.