Last summer, the City of Mesa launched the Mesa Moves Connecting People to Places public engagement campaign. More than 6,000 online surveys were completed which asked Mesa residents a series of questions about what was most important to them regarding Mesas street network. Additional input was collected through public meetings, focus groups and individual stakeholder interviews. The feedback from the community was a desire for a safe, well-connected and maintained street network to minimize traffic congestion and to add more bike and pedestrian pathways.
This November 3rd General Election ballot will have Question 1 asking Mesa voters to decide on a 2020 Mesa Moves Bond Program. The program is made up of projects in three main areas:
Regional Roadway Improvements: Projects that widen major existing streets, improve intersection safety and vehicle capacity, and/or construct new major street segments;
Arterial Road Reconstruction: Projects whereby the street has reached the end of its useful life and the road needs to be entirely reconstructed; and
Active Transportation: Projects to enhance Mesas bike and pedestrian network by expanding the number of pathways along canals, freeways or on local streets
The City is proposing a $100 million General Obligation Bond to Mesa voters, and if the Bond is approved, Mesa would receive an additional $62 million in regional funding for a total of $162 Million to be utilized for transportation projects in Mesa.
"Mesa is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and our transportation system needs to keep pace with the growth, said Mesa Mayor John Giles. "Mesa residents told us that they want better streets and more pathways for biking and walking. Mesa Moves is how we can meet those needs and leverage millions of regional dollars.
Mesa Moves will fund new and rebuild existing streets and create miles of bike and pedestrian paths to ensure the City continues to safely Connect People To Places. For more information on Mesa Moves, visit mesaaz.gov/mesamoves.