By Josh Kelety | Phoenix New Times
After neighborhood residents fiercely objected to a proposal to add bike lanes along a portion of North Central Avenue, Phoenix transportation officials have killed the project.
In a memo released at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department Director Kini Knudson stated that the agency is spiking its own proposal to restripe Central Avenue between Bethany Home Road and the Arizona Canal and add bike lanes and a center turn lane. The project would have reduced the four-lane road to three lanes to accommodate the new bike lanes and the turn lane.
“Based upon detailed review of the community input received, the Street Transportation Department is no longer pursuing the proposed lane changes on Central Avenue, between Bethany Home Road and the Arizona Canal,” Knudson wrote. “We will proceed with the pavement treatments on Central Avenue and restripe the road with the existing lane configuration.”