Sun, April 05

260 gets four-lane support from Cottonwood

The Cottonwood City Council has gotten on board an effort to get state commitment for the continued four-lane improvement of SR 260 from Thousand Trails to Interstate 17.

At the urging of Yavapai Supervisor Chip Davis, Verde Valley communities have been asked to campaign the State Transportation Board to continue the improvements from the current east end of the four-lane section to the freeway.

The state board will meet in Cottonwood Friday, June 19.

Davis' request was sent to Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Sedona and the Yavapai-Apache Nation. It suggests a two-pronged approach to completing the highway corridor.

The plan is to advise the state board that the establishment of SR 260 corridor is "the most significant and needed road improvement project for our region."

One approach would be to add the project to the traditional ADOT five-year plan.

Another tact would apply for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), a competitive federal stimulus program.

The road is currently being upgraded through a $1.7 million safety improvement project, which includes a new intersection to consolidate Cherry Road, Old 279 and the entrance to the County Jail complex. A traffic signal is also in the plans for the new intersection. Passing lanes will be installed between Cherry Road and Coury Drive.

The work will also improve the intersection of Horseshoe Bend, widen the shoulders at Park Verde, add a left turn lane to Dickison Circle. Finally, slopes will be flatted to provide better sight distance.

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