Phoenix bike and pedestrian bridge project enters design phase

September 13, 2023

Arizona – In August 2022, federal and local officials announced that Phoenix had been awarded a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to build a bike and pedestrian bridge over Rio Salado.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2027 and take two years to complete.

The project includes the construction of a bridge along the Third Street alignment and the addition of low-emitting pedestrian-scale solar lighting in the area between Central Avenue and 40th Street. The bridge will ultimately connect to the Rio Salado to Lincoln connector path, which is a separate project.

Requests for qualifications (RFQs) are underway, and the design phase is expected to take up to two years to complete. An environmental analysis, geotechnical investigation and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance approval will be conducted during the design phase.

The final delivery method decision is expected by the end of 2023, and the two options in consideration are Construction Manager-a-Risk and Design-Bid-Build.

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