Glendale Traffic Study Paves Way for Reduced Congestion on Major City Roadways City deploys more Intelligent Transportation System Technology City traffic engineers are using hi-tech traffic devices to capture real-time traffic information on the heaviest traveled streets in Glendale. Actual volume, speed and travel time data, collected via more than 65 real-time traffic detection sensors, will be used to develop “SMART” traffic management plans that will ease congestion, cut travel times and move traffic more efficiently between signalized intersections.
The traffic data collection phase is estimated to take up to five months and Glendale traffic management experts estimate that motorists will notice reduced congestion, more efficient traffic flow and improved travel times by year’s end. Additional benefits include improved traffic safety, reduced fuel consumption and improved air quality through reduced auto emissions.
Only minor traffic delays are anticipated during the installation and removal of traffic detection devices. For more information, contact City of Glendale Transportation Division at 623-930-2940 or visit email@example.com.
Construction to Begin on Bell Road Adaptive Signal Project (98th Ave. to 73rd Ave.) Roadwork Ahead!
The City of Glendale is one of eight jurisdictions working in partnership to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce traveler delays along the Valley’s heaviest traveled east/west surface street.
Beginning July 26. crews will be onsite along Bell Rd between 98th and 73rd avenues, including five Glendale intersections, installing adaptive traffic signal equipment on all traffic signals.
The new adaptive signal technology will automatically adjust traffic signal timing at intersections to accommodate real-time changes in traffic patterns. The technology receives and processes data from strategically placed sensors, which allows the adaptive signal technology to determine the length of time lights should be red and the length of time lights should be green to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion and traveler delay.
Construction will take place during off-peak travel hours. In all, the multijurisdictional project will upgrade more than 50 traffic signals across the Bell Road corridor from Scottsdale to Surprise. The project is one of the longest adaptive signal projects in the nation.
For more information, contact Maricopa County Department of Transportation at 602-506-3342 or visit www.mcdot.maricopa.gov
Median Landscape Conversion & Water Conservation Project 67th Ave. Roadway Median (South of Beardsley Rd.) Glendale’s Transportation Division and the city’s Water Services Department have teamed up to launch a pilot water conservation project to convert a portion of existing water-dependent grass area located within the center median on 67th Avenue, just south of Beardsley Rd., to water-conserving artificial turf.
Over the next several weeks, crews will be on site performing median landscape conversion activities;minor lane restrictions or temporary lane closures can be anticipated. Along with the removal of the existing grass and irrigation system and installation of artificial turf, work includes the installation of a new, more efficient irrigation system to provide water to the existing pine trees using the current water source. Work on the pilot median conversion project is slated to be completed by late June. View Flyer
Change to Traffic Patterns
The City of Glendale Transportation Division, with input from the Glendale Police Department, have installed signs to restrict left turn movements into and out of the Arrowhead Plaza/Denaro Village Property driveway on southbound 67th Avenue south of the Loop 101. Restrictions are currently in effect weekdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. A left turning option will still exist at the traffic signal at Behrend Dr during the restriction period.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. However, the City is determined to maintain traffic mobility and safety along our 700 plus mile street network.
Transit Fare Review - We Need Your Input! The City of Glendale Transit Department is in the process of conducting a review of current ride fare structure for Glendale Dial-A-Ride and GUS Bus public transportation services and is seeking community feedback on proposed fare adjustments.
Please plan to attend an open house meeting near you. Information, exhibits and a public survey about transit services will be available for comment and viewing. Glendale Transit staff will be available to answer questions and receive public feedback.
For more information, open house locations/dates and links to surveys, please click here.
FY 2016/2017 Pavement Management Projects
The Pavement Management Program (PMP) consists of the rehabilitation of poor and deteriorating streets within the City of Glendale with the application of common treatments as well as other pavement preservations methods. The plan to extend the overall life-expectancy of the City of Glendale’s streets through the most efficient and cost-saving measures is carried out through a series of pavement preservation projects. The FY 2016-17 PMP Mill & Overlay (M&O), Crack Seal and Slurry Seal projects are presently concentrated in the southern portion of the City.
For complete details on the PMP projects, please download the flyer here.
Watch Glendale Today with Councilmember Bart Turner as he discusses how Glendale manages its street and pavement management program.
Flashing Yellow Arrow The use of flashing yellow arrows (FYA) at signalized intersections to control left turning traffic was recently approved by the federal government after studies concluded that flashing arrows provide numerous benefits including:
Enhanced understanding by motorists when using arrows instead of solid green indications;
Enhanced safety; and
Improved operation by minimizing delays.
FYA at a traffic signal includes a flashing yellow arrow signal head in addition to the standard red, yellow and green arrow heads over the left-turn lane. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow allows waiting motorists to make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. Otherwise, the new traffic signals work the same as traditional signals. The City of Glendale has begun a program to convert left-turn movements at various signalized intersections to FYA operation with the purpose of improving safety and operations. Current locations with flashing yellow arrows include:
59th and Olive Avenues (during nighttime and weekends)
51st and Peoria Avenues
59th Avenue and Union Hills Drive
51st and Glendale Avenues
67th Avenue and Deer Valley Road
Dysart Road and Glendale Avenue
75th Avenue and Deer Valley Road
Flashing Yellow Arrow @ 59th & Olive Avenues:
Glendale Transportation has made many safety improvements to the intersection of 59th & Olive. The most recent improvement is a flashing yellow left turn arrow. Watch now
A total of 22 additional major arterial intersections throughout the City are in various stages of design and will be converted over the next 18 months. The remaining 23 FYA candidate intersections will be designed using federal safety funds, with construction funding not currently identified - view map here.
Did You Know? You Can Report a Streetlight Outage Online!
Reporting streetlight outages is quick and easy. Fill out our online form to alert us to an outage today. Click here
Go Green, Get Green$! B.A.G. I.T. Program
Learn to ride the Bus, GUS (Glendale Urban Shuttle) and the Light Rail with one of Glendale’s BAG IT (Bus and GUS Individual Training) sessions. Classes are held at the Glendale Adult Center in room 102, located at 5970 W. Brown Street. For more information on class schedules and dates, call 623-930-2035. Read more
E.P.A. approves M.A.G.'s 5% plan for Maricopa County: The approval recognizes continued air quality improvements in Glendale and Maricopa County, the report shows annual reductions of PM-10 emissions since 2007. The approval marks the first time Maricopa County has been found to meet the federal standards for dust since the Clean Air Act was amended in 1970. Watch now