Streets/Traffic Ops

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Street Sweeping

Arterial streets are swept every eight to 12 working days. We do our best to sweep all residential streets once a month. To identify the week of the month your neighborhood street will be swept, please refer to our street sweeping schedule. ("Week 1" is the first full week of each month.) Your neighborhood street could be swept any day during your assigned week. Please sweep up small amounts of debris on your sidewalk or in the street/gutter immediately adjacent to your home as necessary.  Keep all obstructions and vehicles out of the street sweeping path on your sweeping day.

Did you know that Tempe has 1,241 miles of roadways and 33,000 traffic signs to maintain? 


Pavement Management Program

Tempe protects assets like streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters through the Asset Management Capital Maintenance Program. In order to assess the condition of the roadway network, the city uses a PQI index.  The Pavement Quality Index or PQI is an indication of the condition and quality of the pavement structure and is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100.  The city of Tempe typically collects pavement condition data and calculates the PQI every three years.  On a basic level, it is a measurement of the smoothness of the roadway and any distresses in the pavement surface. Visit our data web page to see your streets PQI. 

Once Staff determines the PQI of the streets in Tempe, we use this information to help prioritize the maintenance of the system.  We also use the information to determine what treatment we will use.  Treatment options include:

  • placing a filler material in the cracks and treating the entire pavement surface,
  • milling and replacing the top layer of the asphalt pavement,
  • or reconstructing the street section.   

Project list for the next four fiscal years:


  • Mill Avenue from Southern Avenue to Broadway Road
  • Bel De Mar from Rural Road to Terrace Road
  • Baseline Road from 48th Street to I-10
  • Hardy Drive from Southern Avenue Drive to Guadalupe Road
  • Neighborhood: McClintock Drive to Price Road between US 60 and Baseline Road
  • Neighborhood: Dorsey Lane to McClintock Drive between Palomino Drive and Warner Road
  • McClintock Drive from Del Rio Drive to Oxford Drive
  • University Drive from Ash Avenue to west City Limit
  • Broadway Road from Priest Drive to Mill Avenue
  • Priest Drive from Southern Avenue to Broadway Road
  • Rural Road from Alameda Drive to Rio Salado Parkway


  • 5th Street from Farmer Avenue to College/Veterans Way and College Avenue to University Drive
  • 48th Street from Southern Avenue to Broadway Road
  • University Drive from Mill Avenue to McClintock Drive
  • Warner Road from Rural Road to Dateland
  • McClintock Drive from AZ-202 to McKellips Road
  • Neighborhood: Kyrene Road to Rural Road between Guadalupe Road and Baseline Road
  • Neighborhood: McKemy Street to Kyrene Road between Knox Road to Warner Road


  • 8th Street from Rural Road to McClintock Drive
  • McClintock Drive from Carmen to South City Limit
  • Alameda Drive from Hardy Drive to Priest Drive
  • Rural Road from Elliot Road to South City Limit
  • Mill Avenue from Baseline Road to Southern Avenue
  • Baseline Road from Rural Road to McClintock Drive
  • McClintock Drive from University Drive to AZ-202
  • Neighborhood: Loop 101 to East City Limit between US60 and Southern Avenue


  • Kyrene Road from Elliot Road to Baseline Road
  • Elliot Road from Kyrene Road to McClintock Drive
  • Rio Salado Parkway from 1st Street to Hardy Drive
  • 52nd Street from University Drive to 1st Street
  • Neighborhood: McClintock Drive to East City Limit between Guadalupe Road and Baseline Road
  • Neighborhood: Kyrene Road to Rural Road between South City Limit and Warner Road


The projects listed above represent planned projects based on current condition rating, priorities and the planned but not yet approved 5-year funding schedule. These may change based on final approved budgets each year. 

Requesting a Street Light

Neighborhood streetlights are primarily used to provide adequate light onto city streets to facilitate the safe movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  Lighting is also important to residents’ feeling of security.  The Tempe Police Department Crime Prevention Unit also recognizes that street lighting enhances security and in general, lighting has proven beneficial in reducing crime.

The City of Tempe is pleased to work with you and consider your request for additional lighting.  We ask for your patience throughout this process when city streetlights are installed, multiple factors come into play that the City must evaluate.

Step 1: The first step in obtaining new street lighting is to the City of Tempe’s Lighting Systems Coordinator at (480) 350-8033. Please try to make your request as specific as possible. Your submitted information will require a field survey of the existing lighting conditions in the area.

Step 2: If it is determined that a new street light can be installed, then the citizens requesting the additional lighting will receive a petition with all of the addresses of the residences who will be most affected by the new street light.  Once the citizen receives the petition, he/she must obtain 51% of the required signatures from the neighborhood residents, and return it to the City’s Lighting Coordinator.  In addition to the petition, the resident who owns the property where the light will be installed must submit a copy of their deed or title showing proof of land ownership and legal description of the property.  The copy of the Deed or Title will be used to prepare an easement which the property owner must sign.

Step 3: Once the easement is signed, notarized and received by the City, authorization will be sent to the utility company and the design process begins.  The City, at no cost to the resident, will install the new street light. The street light installation is usually completed within 90 days from the date the notarized easement is received by the City.

You can share your concerns and objections with your neighbors, in an attempt to get them to change their minds. In addition, you can contact the Lighting System Coordinator to evaluate options.


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The High Intensity Activated CrossWalk (also known as the HAWK) is a pedestrian crossing signal that is installed at two mid-block crossings in Tempe. These two crossings are located just north of Elliot Road at the Western Canal on Rural Road and on McClintock Drive.

• When you approach the signal, a solid “don’t walk” symbol will be displayed.
• To cross the street, press the button to activate the beacon signal.
• After several seconds, the pedestrian “walk” symbol illuminates.
• When the “walk” symbol is illuminated, you may cross the street while watching for oncoming traffic.
• After the “walk” time is complete, a flashing “don’t walk” symbol will appear and you should finish crossing the street.
• Do not begin to cross the street during the flashing “don’t walk” symbol.
• Once the signal cycle is complete, a solid “don’t walk” symbol is displayed.

• The beacon signal will flash yellow for several seconds and then change to solid yellow, letting you know that you need to prepare to stop.
• The beacon signal then turns solid red letting you know that you must stop.
• The beacon signal then displays an alternating flashing red light.
• After coming to a complete stop and making sure there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, you are then allowed to proceed through the crossing even though the beacon signal is flashing red.
• Once the pedestrian is safely through the intersection, the signal will turn off.