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1/11/2014 8:40:00 PM
Cottonwood to rebuild 12th St. in two phases
Cottonwood has had trouble getting easements on rights of way on 12th Street and has decided to rebuild in two phases. VVN/Jon Hutchinson
Cottonwood has had trouble getting easements on rights of way on 12th Street and has decided to rebuild in two phases. VVN/Jon Hutchinson

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood is taking a different approach to rebuilding 12th Street from State Route 89A to Fir Street.

The council agreed Tuesday to build in two phases: north and south. Development Services Assistant Manager Morgan Scott told the council that right-of-way acquisitions on the north end near SR 89A continue to be difficult.

Some residents on the north end of the roadway are reluctant to grant easements due to the road changes in elevation. In some cases, the property would lie below the road level with the goal to partially level the hills and valleys in that section.

City Manager Doug Bartosh said if the city doesn't move on some section of road, the city will lose the warm-weather window to complete the paving and would have to wait another year.

Scott explained that the plans are now at 90 percent for the south end of the street, and the easements on that section are nearly complete. The two-phase proposal would build the section from Fir north to include the Mountain View Methodist Church.

Terrence Pratt said that section of roadway is now in terrible shape in the area.

Others said, "people are at their wits' end waiting. It has already been six years."

Engineer Tom Pender said he started working on the project in 2009 and has been working on easements during the last six months. He said he is anxious for something to happen.

Council members want to put out a flyer to explain what is happening.

Only Tim Elinski voted against the two-phasing decision. He worried that costs would increase if the sections were built separately.

Utility work is now complete. Scott says with approval, bidding could begin immediately for the south section.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Article comment by: frivolous expense

I like the road the way it is. The overall bumpiness keeps speeds down for most drivers.

Smooth it and speeding increases. Then residents demand speed bumps. Then they're stuck with loud 'bangs' of loaded trucks going over the bumps and the increased air pollution from cars braking and accelerating at every bump.

Been there. Seen and heard that.

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Article comment by: Duh! Gary Dean

As someone who lives on 12th, i strongly believe it is necessary to even out the peaks and valleys of the street. This is fear of the unknown. Scraping down the peaks and raising the valleys a few feet to level out the dips will not make the road any higher than where the current peaks are. So, what is the big deal? This is a street designed for many decades into the future. Do it right!

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Article comment by: Gary Dean

Hey Cottonwood. I , having been a user of 12th St., can understand both sides of the problem. But, why does the road have to be higher than the houses? I understand road construction. I am fully aware of the costs. Simply cut down the high points and partially fill in the low areas, but not so high as to be above the window height of the houses. Haul off the remaining material. I am sure there are areas close by that could be filled. Then both sides could be happier. Or, is some engineer going to be miffed, because the road will not be as he designed?

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