Phoenix City Council keeps ‘suicide lanes’ with minor changes

[Source: Tim Vetscher ABC15, YouTube]

Angry residents walk away empty handed after Phoenix City Council decides to put off any final decision on downtown reverse lanes.


City council adopts reverse lane changes

[Source: Tim Vetscher,]

Changes are coming to the reverse lanes along 7th Street and 7th Avenue in Phoenix, but not until next summer at the earliest.

Council members voted 5-1 to adopt recommendations put forth by an ad hoc committee established to examine the so-called ‘suicide lanes’.

However, the council sent the matter back to the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department to determine the costs of the changes and exactly how the recommendations will be implemented.

The lanes on both 7th Avenue and 7th Street alternate directions depending on the time of day to accommodate traffic.

From 6 to 9 a.m. the lanes allow for cars to travel southbound. From 4 to 6 p.m. the lanes switch to handle northbound traffic.

The ad hoc committee recommended to allow drivers to turn left at certain intersections along 7th Street and 7th Avenue.

The committee also suggested adding bus bays as well as photo enforcement to cut down on speed and illegal turns in the area.


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