The second phase of Phoenix’s Cool Pavement Program in south
Phoenix has kicked off. The Office of Heat Response and Mitigation is part of this effort, with $2.8 million allocated for its creation. The city also plans to continue to budget for its Tree and Shade Master Plan, which will bring 30 “cool corridors” to underserved communities by 2050. Cool corridors are mile-long stretches of up to 200 trees or shade structures.
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Image: A truck prepares to coat the asphalt near Roesley Park in south Phoenix with a water-based reflective coating as part of Phoenix’s Cool Pavement Program. Early findings show the treated asphalt is 10 to 12 degrees cooler than traditional asphalt. Photo credit: Megan Taros/The Republic