City workers begin transforming downtown Phoenix into Super Bowl Central

Downtown Phoenix is getting ready for the Super Bowl. From street signs to building makeovers, the city is getting dressed up for the big game.

The streets of downtown Phoenix are going to look a lot different. They will be undergoing a makeover in the coming days. While the big game will be held in Glendale, the big Super Bowl party will be here.

"We're expecting to see over a million people here in downtown for Super Bowl Central," said Monica Hernandez with Phoenix Street Transportation.

Signs, banners and even the sides of buildings are getting dressed up for the big event. Saturday morning, workers scaled the sides of buildings to put up signs advertising the halftime show.

And even the streets and sidewalks are getting beauty treatments.

"We are resurfacing roadways, smoothing out sidewalks," Hernandez said. "We're taking care of those uneven surfaces."

The city is also adding extra eyes downtown. At least 10 more traffic cameras will be installed.

"During Super Bowl Central well have more cameras installed in the downtown area so we can really take a close look at how traffic is moving delays at an intersection so we can allow for traffic to move in a safe an efficient manner," Hernandez said.

The city will also be greening up for the Super Bowl by planting at least 170 new trees. More than 30 trees were recently planted at Paradise Cove Park in North Phoenix.

"We have 5 species going in today and they're species that have known to thrive in this part of the city," said Richard Adkins, City of Phoenix Forestry Supervisor. "So replacing some that were lost in the summer storms we had; we lost 40 trees at this particular park."

So from cameras....workers across town are going to be busy in the next few weeks, transforming Phoenix into Super Bowl Central. Starting January 19, expect several street closures and detours to pop up in Downtown Phoenix as workers transform 12 blocks into a huge Super Bowl block party.
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