The city of Glendale announced Aug. 20 that the 59th and Olive avenues Intersection Safety and Capacity Improvement Project has been completed. The purpose of the project was to improve roadway safety and enhance pedestrian movement and safety. The multi-phased project, which spanned more than 30 months, will provide better traffic flow, improved safety and ease congestion. The changes will also make the intersection safer for pedestrians who use the walkways and crosswalks.
The various changes include: The relocation of utility systems and waterlines, the installation of raised medians, traffic signal modifications, bus bays and sidewalk ramps at the northwest and southeast corners and new street lighting along the west side of the intersection. Some of the improvements were constructed in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and Arizona Department of Transportation.
The final phase was completed with local funding and included the addition of a bus bay for northbound and southbound 59th Avenue and right turn lanes for eastbound and westbound Olive Avenue to improve capacity followed by a complete overlay of the intersection.
“Driver safety will be improved due to raised medians that will prevent left-turn movement into and out of commercial driveways,” Principal Engineer-Transportation Kiran Guntupalli said. “Pedestrian safety will be increased, as well due to ‘bulb-outs’ at the bus bays, ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and new lighting.”