New Section Of Hatcher Road A Model Of Phoenix's 'Complete Street' Project
There’s a new look to an old street in North Phoenix. Last July, the Phoenix City Council adopted two ordinances intended to change the way streets are designed and constructed. One such example of this new design is in the heart of Sunnyslope.
Walk down Hatcher Road between Central and Third Street and you might notice something different. The sidewalks are nearly double the size they were. There are newly planted trees for shade and new LED street lights. This small stretch of roadway is a model for what the city is calling a “Complete Street.”
"The idea right now with this ordinance in place is to take a look at streets that are going to be designed for the future and allow for them to be designed to accommodate the person on a bike, the person that’s on foot and at the same time, accommodate the person behind the wheel," said Monica Hernandez with the City of Phoenix.
Hernandez said the community along that stretch of Hatcher would like to keep going with the Complete Street concept, though there are no plans to move forward just yet. The project cost about $1.1 million, including $790,000 in federal funds.
Editor's note: This story has been modified to reflect the total cost of the project.