Prepare for road closures, transit changes in Tempe due to Pat's Run this weekend

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The annual Pat's Run will take place in Tempe this weekend, causing road closures and changes in public transit.

According to the city of Tempe, drivers should plan for the following changes April 22-23:

Transit service options

Avoid traffic and parking hassles by taking transit to and from downtown Tempe. Tempe has 13 local bus routes, six free Orbit circulators and nine light rail stops. Passengers are encouraged to park at one of the following park-and-ride locations and ride light rail:

  • Dorsey and Apache

  • McClintock and Apache

  • Price and Apache


Street closures and restrictions

Several Tempe streets will be closed or restricted for Pat’s Run on April 23. The following street restrictions and closures have been identified; however, others could be put in place to address public safety concerns that occur during the event.


April 22 from 4 p.m. until April 23 at 11 a.m.: Packard Drive closed in both directions between Sixth Street and Rio Salado Parkway.

April 23 from 5-10:30 a.m.:

  • Sixth Street closed in both directions between Rural Road and Veterans Way

  • Alpha Drive closed in both directions between University Drive and Sixth Street

  • Rio Salado Parkway closed in both directions between Rural Road and Ash Avenue

  • Northbound Mill Avenue closed between Third Street and Washington Street/Curry Road

  • Curry Road closed in both directions between Mill and College avenues

  • Lakeview Drive closed in both directions at Washington Street

  • Southbound College Avenue closed between Curry Road and Gilbert Drive

  • Eastbound Gilbert Drive closed between College Avenue and Scottsdale Road

  • Southbound Scottsdale/Rural Road closed between Curry Road and University Drive

  • Northbound Scottsdale/Rural Road closed between University Drive and Curry Road

  • Westbound Rio Salado Parkway closed at McClintock Drive

  • Eastbound SR 202 off-ramp at Scottsdale Road closed

  • Westbound SR 202 on-ramp at Scottsdale Road closed

  • Westbound SR 202 off-ramp at Scottsdale Road restricted to northbound traffic only on Scottsdale Road


Bus Detours

The following bus detours will be in effect on April 22 from 4 p.m. until the end of service:

  • Flash Northbound: Regular route to 6th St./Packard Drive, east on Sixth St. to Rural Road, north on Rural Road to Rio Salado Parkway, west on Rio Salado Parkway to Packard Drive, north on Packard Drive to layover in Lot 59 North; exit Lot 59 North using Packard Drive to Rio Salado Parkway, east on Rio Salado Parkway to resume regular route

  • Flash Southbound: Regular route to Rio Salado Parkway/Packard Dr.ive north on Packard Drive to layover in Lot 59 North; exit Lot 59 North using Packard Drive to Rio Salado Parkway, east on Rio Salado Parkway to Rural Road, south on Rural Road to Sixth St., west on Sixth St to Packard Drive to resume regular route.




April 23 from start of service until 11 a.m.:

  • 48 Northbound: Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center, exit east to 5th St/College Ave., south on College Ave to University Dr., east on University Dr. to McClintock Dr., north on McClintock Dr to Rio Salado Pkwy., east on Rio Salado Pkwy to resume regular route.

  • 48 Southbound: Regular route to McClintock Dr./Rio Salado Pkwy., south on McClintock Dr. to University Dr., west on University Dr to College Ave., north on College Ave to 5th St., west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center., west on 5th St. to resume regular route.

  • 72 Northbound: Regular route to Rural Rd/University Dr., east on University Dr. to McClintock Dr., north on McClintock Dr. to Curry Rd., west on Curry Rd to Scottsdale Rd., north on Scottsdale Rd. to resume regular route.

  • 72 Southbound: Regular route to Scottsdale Rd/Curry Rd., east on Curry Rd. to McClintock Dr., south on McClintock Dr. to University Dr., west on University Dr. to Rural Rd., south on Rural Rd. to resume regular route.

  • Orbit Earth Eastbound: Route begins at Curry Rd/College Ave.

  • Orbit Earth Westbound: Regular route to Weber Dr./Scottsdale Rd., south on Scottsdale Rd. to Curry Rd., west on Curry Rd. to College Ave., north on College Ave. to layover at College Ave/Curry Rd.