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3/1/2013 9:20:00 AM
City outlines plans for 12th Street improvements

The City of Cottonwood has been planning the replacement of 12th Street between Arizona 89A and Fir Street for several years.

The reconstruction of this street will provide a new two-lane roadway with curb and gutter along with sidewalks and bike lanes on each side of the roadway.

This project has been a priority for the City Council.

The City is aware that many people are anxious to see the improvements on 12th Street get started. City staff and contract designers have been busy finalizing the design documents and coordinating with all of the utility companies that are involved in the project.

Most of the utilities along that section of 12th Street will need to be moved, extended, or replaced.

This along with the complex topography and substandard soils has made the design unusually complex.

The city and utility companies have also been busy acquiring needed right-of-way in which to place the utilities and slopes.

The city reports that the planning and design process is nearing completion. It is anticipated that bids will be advertised for the construction of this project later this spring with the actual construction to begin this summer.

Because of the length and complexity of this reconstruction, the project will be divided into two phases and completion is anticipated in the summer of 2014.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Eichman

RE: The Mary, Mary Mary writer ----- I was listening to the citizens speak at these meetings. No, I did not take a list of names and signatures. But, I heard what the citizens said. You may have delegated yourself to speak for everyone living on 12th street, but I heard otherwise. Nevertheless, what happens in a democracy is that the majority rules. I think if you had been against this street improvement you would be faulting city employees for doing their jobs rather than faulting them for not making quick enough progress to suit you.

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Mary, Mary, Mary

Pull your head out of the sand Mary. I think you have been to far too many council meetings and had smoke blow at you slow long that all you can see is what the staff wants you to see. But, do not pretend to know what those of us on 12th street want. You are parroting what the staff told you. From day one we wanted a wide street with side walks on both side. The staff sold the city a plan to make it narrow and sidewalks on one side. We slammed the council for flip flopping. We asked for a citizen input meeting. The vast majority of the people on 12th voted to stick with the original plan. So don't come into this with your pie in the sky "can't we all get Long" BS. You need to stop listening to staff and come out here a find the truth.

Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Eichman

During the past couple years, I attended meetings regarding the 12th street improvement project when citizens were allowed input and the opportunity to see possible options, City staff including engineers were available to answer questions and take written comments. I noticed that some people living in the area did not want the widening while most wanted to go with the optimum of sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides. We were advised that it would be a time- consuming process due to the utilities involved. I hope that all interested citizens will take advantage of attending city council and other meetings to give their input on future projects. I think the city is moving as quickly as possible due to how this project falls within the long-term plan.

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: I will believe it When I see it!

We have heard promises of "we are doing 12th street this year" for the past 4 years. Then we get excuse after excuse after excuse as to why it did not get done. Right of way.... No APS.... No difficult terrain. The only thing the city is good at is making excuses. This is like congress, they do not want to fix it.... It is too much fun to make excuses and point fingers!

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