Tempe intersection gets artistic makeover in effort to increase safety
PHOENIX — A Tempe intersection has a new look that the city hopes increases safety and curb appeal.
The intersection at Seventh Street and Forest Avenue was recently outfitted with asphalt art that visually creates a curb extension, narrows the roadway and shortens the crosswalk distance for pedestrians.
“This project is intended to improve safety,” Cathy Hollow, Tempe’s traffic engineer, said in a press release.
“Not only are we increasing the visibility of crosswalks and encouraging drivers to be more alert of pedestrians and cyclists, but we are also encouraging users to safely cross at the crosswalk.”
The updated cross streets are the first use of the city’s Adaptive Streets program.
The program allows Tempe to make temporary changes to public rights of way that increase safety and efficiency.
Tempe has a design guide for the program that includes a toolbox of low-cost, temporary strategies, when they can be applied and guidelines for implementation.