Byplass plan needs scrutiny of VVTPO

So it should not come as any surprise that some in the Verde Valley will be extremely concerned with the news that the Arizona Department of Transportation is considering a roadway link between state highways 260 and 89A. Of particular concern to ADOT is the dangerous traffic quagmire that now exists, and will only get worse with time, at the intersection of 260 and 89A in Cottonwood.

But before ADOT gets too gung-ho about this plan, let's hope the proposal gets a thorough going-over by the members of the Verde Valley Transportation and Planning Organization.

If ADOT officials are so concerned about the 260-89A logjam, they should be aware that the City of Cottonwood and Yavapai County have embarked on a project that certainly will lessen the traffic strain at that intersection. The Mingus Avenue extension with Cornville Road may not be the sole solution to this problem, but it certainly will help the situation.

Beyond that, this bypass project deserves the careful scrutiny of the VVTPO members. They have a great track record of carefully analyzing road improvement projects for the Verde Valley. More importantly, they make decisions for the benefit of the entire Valley vs. individual communities.

After all, who best to determine highway project priorities than the folks who live here?

ADOT can best serve the Valley's transportation needs by letting us, through the Verde Valley Transportation and Planning Organization, determine our own priorities.

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