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7/16/2013 2:30:00 PM
Cottonwood reviews 260 access proposals

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD--The Cottonwood Council spoke briefly this past week about intersections proposed as part of the widening of SR 260 between Thousand Trails to the Interstate with the new funding included in the new Department of Transportation 5-Year plan. A recent Valley wide campaign successfully brought together diverse Verde Valley interests to lobby ADOT for enough funding to complete the widening project. Now ADOT want to get Valley wide agreement for an access management plan. Most of the route is with the Town of Camp Verde.

Morgan Scott, Cottonwood's Assistant Development Services Manager, briefed the council that the Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization (VVTPO) had recommended seven sites including two would be identified in the future. ADOT is leaning toward roundabouts and left turn mediums he said. In the latter, left turns would exit the highway through a median, like the one at SR 89a and Page Springs Road and Bill Gray Road.

Several council members and an audience member suggested that the budget for the widening project should allow the opportunity to create wider shoulders and bike lanes along the route.

"Shoulders are deteriorating and the road," from a bicyclists standpoint is, "almost un-rideable now," insists biker Bob Richards.

Randy Garrison recalled that years ago, SR 260 was celebrated as the "Bike Highway of Arizona."

Scott says he was unsure whether Cherry Creek Road would be left as a signalized intersection or changed as part of the re-development.

The intersection proposals include Wilshire Road (1), Horseshoe Bend (2), Cherry Creek Road(3), Coury Drive (6) and Thousand Trails (7) would be constructed as warranted as part of the project in the future as part of future development. The location and construction of two additional sites (4,5) are to be determined in the future as development demands.

The Park Verde Road (A) and Old Hwy 279 (B) are both identified as a future median left turns.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: Look to Chino Valley For Roundabout Design

You donít have to look far for a driver and trucker friendly roundabout design. The newest addition on Hwy 89 as you enter Chino Valley is great! Iíd much prefer that than traffic signals! Easy to manuever, even for large trucks, and much safer!

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: The positives of a 'round-a-bout' style intersection-

Far outweigh the negatives-

1-Long term cost savings, a normal signalized int. can cost $8000.00 per year or more just for the electricity to operate it, assuming no outages or service calls. A round about once installed costs nothing to service aside from normal pavement preservation.

2-Lives saved- the numbers don't lie... try getting t-boned in a round a bout... just does not happen.

3-Fuel and wear and tear on vehicles- stopping and starting use the most fuel and cause the most wear and tear... simply slowing down a little makes complete sense.

The valley needs to stick together on this one folks- don't get derailed over a fear of losing a few seconds to a roundabout. Chances are the round a bout design will be altered to account for the main roads increased speeds and end up more like an oval-a-bout.

Don't fear the round.... it helps cover more ground!


Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: Roundabouts better than stoplights

If the choice is roundabouts or a stoplight, I'll take the roundabout any day of the week.

With roundabouts at least you usually don't have sit very long at a dead stop idling and wasting gas.


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Say it isn't so

I am all for the change for 260, but if it includes roundabouts then let the road be. Roundabouts like the one on Mingus is great, in fact we need one on Fir St by MUHS but not on a major hwy. We don't have them between Sedona and Cottonwood and they are not needed between Cottonwood and CV. Certainly there has got to be a better alternative. Come on Verde Valley we can do better.



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