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ADOT is planning on doing some major roadway improvement projects in northern Arizona this year. This spring, crews will return to put the final layer of asphalt along a 12 mile stretch of I-40 between the communities of Parks and Riordan, completing that project. Repaving on I-40 near Flagstaff will then pick up in Parks and head west to Cataract Lake in Williams. Northbound I-17 is also getting a facelift this year as crews replace pavement near the I-40 interchange. This work will address winter damage the highway has suffered over the years. In addition to the repaving work, a separate project will continue complete rebuilding of a 5 mile stretch of I-40 west of Williams. The eastbound lanes were rebuilt last summer. When all these projects are complete, I-40 will have 34 miles of new pavement in each direction near Flagstaff. ADOT officials say the new pavement will provide a longer term fix to deterioration resulting from the many freeze-thaw cycles the area sees each winter, along with snow, snow plowing and commercial truck traffic.
County Attorney Sheila Polk has a new role in Arizona.
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission will have leadership from Yavapai County. The Commission has announced Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk has been named new Chairperson for a 2 year term. Polk, who was first elected County Attorney in 2000, was appointed by former Governor Jan Brewer to serve on the Commission in 2012. Polk previously served as Vice-Chair and she currently serves as Chair of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council. She’s also the past President of the Arizona County Attorneys and Sheriffs Association. The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, which was created in 1982, carries out various functions regarding the administration and management of criminal justice programs in the state.