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More Phoenix Street Improvements Underway

Downtown Phoenix
(Photo courtesy of City of Phoenix)
Similar improvements along First Street.

The City of Phoenix has started working on several improvement projects on First Street between McKinley and Moreland streets. The improvements are part of a larger plan to enhance the livability of the downtown area.

Monica Hernandez is with the city.

“Now with these improvements coming into play, sidewalks will be wider, what we’ll do is we’ll remove traffic lanes from First Street, it’ll become a two way street," Hernandez said. "We will add more landscaping. We will add bicycle lanes. So again, it becomes a more inviting environment.”

Hernandez said the project will cost $3.7 million and will be paid for using federal and state funds.

Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.