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Traffic calming measures coming along Mockingbird Lane in Paradise Valley

A conceptual view of speed calming en route to Mockingbird Lane in the Town of Paradise Valley. (Submitted Graphic/DigitalFreePress.com)

Paradise Valley begins to evaluate traffic
calming along Mockingbird Lane amid CIP project

By Terrance Thornton | Digital Free Press

Paradise Valley Town Council is making preparations for roadway and sewage improvements along Mockingbird Lane from 56th Street to Invergordon Road.

But in addition to those activities, Paradise Valley Town Council discussed the upcoming capital improvement project in concert with traffic calming measures along the same stretch of municipal thoroughfare at its Thursday, Nov. 10, work session discussion.

The Paradise Valley public hearing was at Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive.

The CIP project was first introduced in fiscal year 2018 and entails several construction measures, according to Jason Harris at Paradise Valley public works. Total cost of the CIP project is $7.1 million, of which the Town of Paradise Valley is responsible for $3.8 million through shared cost at Maricopa County.

Provided to Town Council were items identified including:

• Installation of new storm drain system along Mockingbird Road,
• Full-width asphalt mill and overlay & restriping with bike lanes,
• New sidewalk on the south side of the road,
• Traffic calming measures to be evaluated, and
• Scoping phase includes public participation and Town Council input
.

In addition to roadway and sewer installations, Paradise Valley Town Council is set to consider options for traffic calming along the project site route. Those improvements could include a few different calming measures. Those are:

Roundabouts,
•Median Islands,
• Chicanes,
• Stop sign(s),
• Speed humps/tables,
• Concrete Crossings (Illusion of raised or recessed),
• Narrowing of Drive Lanes (Wider Bike Lanes), and
• Photo Enforcement: (Van or Portable Unit
).

The Town of Paradise Valley awarded a contract to the tune of $50,000 to Kimley-Horn and Associates for the design and professional services for the Mockingbird Lane traffic calming proposal.

Total cost of the project is $1.3 million, a report to Town Council shows. Residents of Paradise Valley looking to stay informed can go HERE and to sign up for Paradise Valley capital projects, go HERE.

In the coming weeks, Paradise Valley officials say an open house event will be hosted at Town Hall to provide residents visual representations of what traffic calming measures could look like along Mockingbird Lane.

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