Being the Most Connected City
A new City website combined with expanded use of social media enhanced digital communication capabilities and applications enabled financial transactions, online permits and plan reviews. Arizona Avenue reconstruction created a new downtown gateway and the Dakota Street extension provided new access, while improvements to utility infrastructure and the restoration of Commonwealth Avenue established new amenities. Sections of Chandler Heights and Ocotillo roads were widened in south Chandler and flashing yellow left turn arrows were implemented to improve traffic flow citywide.
The City completed an extensive redesign and restructure of its website, in July – greatly increasing the site’s functionality, visual appeal and information sharing capabilities. Chandler’s improved digital presence also includes an increased social media presence connecting residents with news, events and information.
With more than 5,700 total downloads – close to 900 this past year – Chandler’s Public Stuff mobile app continues to be a valuable resource for residents to report graffiti, street light issues, overgrown weeds, abandoned shopping carts and other code violations. Approximately 2,800 requests were made with nearly 90% completed and responded to.
Chandler Public Library launched its new mobile app in April, making it easier for patrons to access their account as well as search, hold and renew library materials.
It has been downloaded more than 4,800 times letting users quickly tap into library resources anytime, anywhere, from their mobile devices.
Arizona Avenue Improvements
Wider sidewalks, raised medians and aesthetic treatments have created a southern gateway to downtown Chandler. The streetscape improvements continue to enhance the pedestrian friendly feel of the City’s core and provide a new entryway into downtown from the Loop 202/Santan Freeway, which sees an average of 40,000 vehicles per day.
Completed improvements to the Commonwealth SRP Historic canal including a new canal lining, lighted walking path with interpretive signage, landscaping and public art connecting the downtown to development to the west. This interruptive walk now shares the story behind the development of a historic canal that continues to serve the San Marcos Golf Course.
Flashing Yellow Turn Arrows
Intersections across the City now feature flashing yellow left turn arrows that allow motorists to make left turns when traffic volumes are lower. The City collected crash statistics for three years “before” and three years “after” each installation and found that, on average, left turn crashes dropped 22 percent at intersections with the flashing arrows.
Coffee with a Cop
Implemented Coffee with a Cop, a monthly event held once a month at various coffee shops in Chandler inviting residents to join Chandler Police Officers for a cup of coffee, ask questions, engage in conversation, and get to know the officers in their neighbors.
The Chandler Police Department also implemented School Lunch with Cop to provide a foundation of mutual respect with school-age children.