Wed, June 26

Cutbacks to SR 260 4-lane project will prompt design budget hike Tuesday

VVN/File photo

VVN/File photo

PHOENIX -- The state transportation board will hold a special meeting and study session Tuesday in Phoenix. One of the action items before the board would increase the design budget for the 4-laning of SR 260. The proposed $423,000 hike for engineering support will increase the design budget from $4.949 million to$5.372 million dollars.

A construction memo for the board consideration explains that the 85-percent construction cost estimate was $10-million higher than the construction budget. The team of the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), the project general contractor, has identified 14 cost cutting measures to improve project value.

Seven of the 14 measures have been accepted by ADOT to reducing costs by approximately $4 million. The budget hike ADOT seeks from the board at Tuesday's special board meeting will pay the CMAR design consultant to prepare design revisions to implement the cut backs.

Camp Verde Street project

In other action, the state board will create a construction project valued at $906,000 to construct sidewalk and install lighting on Finnie Flat Road.

The project will include the installation of curb, gutter, sidewalk, and pedestrian lighting along the north side of Finnie Flat Road from the Tri-Intersection to the Cliffs Parkway Intersection.

Most of the money for the project comes from Transportation Alternative sources. Camp Verde will fund just under 6 percent of the project or $52,000.

If approved, the project should be put out to bid on Sept. 9.