Bullard Avenue Task Force
Project to restore Bullard Ave to two lanes each direction, additional features, funding approved
Surprise City Council approved construction funding to restore Bullard Avenue to two vehicle lanes in each direction (Greenway-Peoria), with additional features for bicycle and pedestrian safety.
The project funding was presented to city council during the February 21 Regular Council Meeting.
In additional to the travel lanes, traffic signals will be installed at the Acoma and Sweetwater intersections, to complement existing crosswalks. Bike lanes and cycle tracks (separated bike lanes), along with a raised median (Greenway-Waddell), and landscaping are included in the project. Bullard Avenue will maintain the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit.
Based on the final design, the construction cost estimate is approximately $3.3 million; the city’s contribution is approximately $343,000 with the remaining funds being provided by federal awards. The project will be sent to bid with an anticipated start date of summer 2018.
Process begins for traffic/signal changes on Bullard Ave (Greenway – Peoria)
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, January 26, 2017.
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.
Grant funding identified to add lanes, traffic signals on Bullard Ave (Greenway – Peoria)
City staff provided the Bullard Avenue Task Force with a traffic design plan, funding and project timeline information regarding Bullard Avenue, from Greenway to Peoria avenues, January 25, 2016.
The city worked with a grant-funded Safe Routes to School design team to create a plan that incorporates the Task Force’s recommendations to retain the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit and restore two travel lanes in each direction. Also, due to heavier pedestrian crossings at the intersections at Acoma and Sweetwater, traffic signals will be added to complement existing crosswalks.
Since the beginning of the school year, staff research indicates the number of students crossing Bullard Road has dramatically increased, with as many as 600 students crossing per school day.
The city has secured $1.55 million in federal grant dollars, with a nearly $349,000 city match, for a total of $1.9 million to pay for the improvements.
Bike lanes and cycle tracks will also be added along the road. Cycle tracks are bicycle lanes with a safety buffer that separates the bike lane from the main vehicular travel lanes. The funding was awarded due to the bike lanes providing multi-model use of the roadway.
Currently, final design will begin in February, with the required Environmental Assessment (EA) expected to be complete by the end of this calendar year, setting a tentative construction start date of fall 2017 and completion in early 2018. The EA is anticipated to take nine months, however construction may begin earlier if the EA is approved sooner.
To further attempt to expedite the construction start, the city is also working to secure year-end Federal Close-out funding through the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) that may push the construction start date up by two to three months.
For questions, please contact Mike Gent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623. 222.6223.
Details from October 19, 2015 meeting
The Bullard Avenue Task Force reached consensus at their October 19 public meeting, to keep Bullard Avenue (Greenway – Peoria) at the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit, restoring two travel lanes in each direction.
The team looked over various scenarios presented on large maps of the street, discussed the issues and received public comment before reaching consensus on what traffic change options they want reviewed by the Safe Routes to School-funded design team.
The group recommended 11-foot wide travel lanes, two in each direction that would also allow the City to maintain much of the bike lane along Bullard.
Due to limited space, the southbound bike lane will go away, south of Sweetwater Avenue. From Sweetwater, south to the city limits at Peoria Avenue, southbound cars and bikes will share the road and appropriate signage will be installed. Northbound bike lanes will be continuous along this section.
Due to heavier pedestrian crossings at the intersections at Acoma and Sweetwater, the group requested some type of signalized device be added, along with crosswalks. They also asked that the design team weigh in on whether to add a HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK) beacon or full traffic signal at those intersections.
A HAWK signal is designed to stop vehicular traffic only when engaged by a pedestrian wanting to cross the street. A traffic signal would continually control the flow of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic at the intersection.
Due to very low pedestrian volumes at the Cholla intersection, the group opted for maintaining the non-signalized crosswalk to include a 15 mph school zone during school drop-off and pick-up hours.
All three of those intersections would still utilize a crossing guard during the school year.
The city worked with a grant-funded Safe Routes to School design team to create a plan that incorporates the recommendations decided on by the task force and will present the design at a community meeting on Monday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m., at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. In addition to discussing the new design plan, staff will share funding options and timeline information.
For questions, please contact Mike Gent email@example.com or 623. 222.6223.
View the January 25, 2016 Presentation
View the October 19, 2015 Presentation
September 24, 2015 meeting information.
View the September 24, 2015 Presentation