Tue, July 23

Mingus extension project nearing an end<br><i>Could be ready for use in early 2005</i>

It's taken years of work, millions of dollars and a number of partnerships to make it happen. Now finally the work on the Mingus Avenue extension is nearing an end.

Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis gave an update on the road's progress Thursday night at a Verde Valley intergovernmental meeting. Various council members and mayors from Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Jerome, Cottonwood and Sedona attended.

Davis mentioned that he would like to see a New Year's Day grand opening celebration with Jan. 2, 2005 as the first day cars can use the road.

But he was not certain if that was possible.

Many things need to be worked out before an actual opening date can be officially set, according to Yavapai County Regional Roads Program Manager Phil Bourdon.

"We're still in the development of that planning," he said.

The county's Project Manager Director Byron Jaspers said the project is winding down but there are still a few items that need to be completed.

"The deck of the bridge is complete," Jaspers said.

There are some concrete barriers and railings for the bridge that need to be finished, he said. There's also some seeding and striping that's left.

"A lot of miscellaneous clean up items," Jaspers said.