SR 260 gets funds to plug shortfall; construction on track

A truck takes a turn at the Wilshire road intersection in Camp Verde. It is the first proposed roundabout west of the 260-freeway overpass. (Photo by Bill Helm/VVN)

A truck takes a turn at the Wilshire road intersection in Camp Verde. It is the first proposed roundabout west of the 260-freeway overpass. (Photo by Bill Helm/VVN)

FLAGSTAFF -- Now that plans for widening of State Route 260 between Thousand Trails and Interstate 17 are nearly completed, funds have gotten tight. The Town of Camp Verde has been especially concerned that cost-cutting measures would eliminate the Wilshire Drive roundabout and hinder growth.

There is no development yet at the location, originally proposed as one of seven roundabouts to be built along the state highway between Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

Camp Verde Public Works Director Ron Long told the Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization Wednesday that area is expected to grow. It is the first proposed roundabout west of the 260-freeway overpass.

Long said the town of Camp Verde hopes to build the roundabout with access to the surrounding property using Transportation Improvement Funds.

In the meantime, the State Board of the Arizona Department of Transportation has added money back into the budget. Originally, the state board authorized $62 million for the SR 260 widening but skimmed some of those funds for other projects since first budgeted a year ago.

Friday, the state added back $423,000 for design and $8.9 million for construction, bringing the construction budget back up to $58.7 million.

Arizona South Central District supervisor Alvin Stump says negotiation is pretty much complete with the contractor though there are still some utilities and rights of way to finalize.

There is still work to consider for the funding of the Wilshire roundabout. Stump says he won't have an answer for that for a couple more weeks.

The SR 260 project is expected to break ground in September.

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