The Town of Dewey-Humboldt is seeking funding to make the community safe from wildfire. Seventy-five thousand dollars is available for a 100-foot wide firebreak 200 yards inside the Prescott National Forest boundary with the town. Asplundh Tree Service has submitted a nearly 70 thousand dollar bid for this project. The Town has received a letter of support from the Central Yavapai Fire District, who has agreed to monitor the firebreak. This project would slow down or contain a fire in that area. Council will consider the grant application during its voting session at 5:30 tonight. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers on Highway 69.
Watch for overnight delays in the Montezuma Street area due to road improvement work. According to City of Prescott officials, Capital Improvements Incorporated crews are trenching the roadway along North Montezuma between Sheldon and East Willis. This work is in preparation for new sewer pipe installation. The project also includes replacement of the existing water and sewer systems and installation of new asphalt pavement. North Montezuma is closed to through traffic from East Sheldon to East Gurley Street. There is a marked detour along North Marina to access South Montezuma. This week’s work hours are 8 pm to 6 am today through Thursday. The project is scheduled for completion by this fall.
Local law enforcement officers will be making sure child safety seats are properly installed. Child Passenger Safety Week runs through this Saturday. Arizona Law states that when riding in a vehicle, all children under eight years old and/or under 4 feet 9 inches tall must be properly secured in a child restraint device. Children who are 5 to 7 years old and under the height requirement must, at the very least, ride in a booster seat. The driver can be hit with a 50 dollar fine for failing to take this action. Once a child is taller than 4 feet 9 inches tall or are eight years old and up, they can use a seat belt. The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office and the Prescott Police Department will have continued enforcement throughout the week. For questions on proper installation of child safety seats, call Prescott Police at 777-1900 or the Marshal’s Office at (928) 554-8300.
Construction on 2 Prescott Valley water improvement projects is expected to get started within a couple of months. The first project involves the replacement of 8-inch water main parallel to Highway 69. Utilities Director Neil Wadsworth describes the project.Once design is done, a construction contract will go out to bid. The existing water line is at a depth of 30 feet. About eight months ago, a section failed and because the line was so deep, it couldn’t be repaired. The new main will be at a more accessible depth of 4 to 6 feet. Wadsworth explains where the second project will take place. Design is also taking place on this project, with a construction bid to follow.
A traffic light on Main Street in Dewey-Humboldt is one step away from becoming reality. Earlier this month, the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee reviewed an agreement with ADOT. This will allow ADOT to design and administer construction of the new traffic signal. A 2013 traffic study has determined a signal is warranted in that area due to future growth. The organization will contribute a half-million dollars towards construction costs. The Committee has forwarded a recommendation of approval to the Executive Board, who will consider this item during its voting session at four this afternoon. The meeting will be held in the Yavapai County Development Services training room, located on Commerce Drive in Prescott.
ADOT crews are moving into the second phase of the Hell Canyon Bridge project. The first phase of this project included construction of a new bridge 18 miles north of Chino Valley, as well as temporary access roads along the north and south sides of the canyon. Blasting for the access roads, which started in July, is now complete. In Phase 2, construction will continue the new bridge to the east of the existing 600-foot long bridge, which was built in 1954. It serves as a key connection linking Prescott and I-40 in Ash Fork. Phase 2 also includes switching traffic to the new steel plate girder bridge and dismantling and removing the existing bridge. Crews placed a temporary concrete barrier on the existing bridge last night. This more than 14 million dollar replacement project is expected to be completed in late 2016.
Those who travel Walker Road in Prescott will soon be using a new bridge. The existing bridge, which was built in 1935, is currently safe, but it has suffered decades of deterioration. Yavapai County is participating in a federally managed project to replace this single lane bridge. The 83-foot long structure will accommodate two lanes of traffic and will completely span Lynx Creek. A large crane was used to unload and place large pre-cast concrete girders on the bridge abutments yesterday and Monday. This project totals nearly 2 million dollars and out of that amount, the County is contributing 112 thousand dollars.
Motorists who travel in the Glassford Hill Road and Long Look Drive area of Prescott Valley will soon get some traffic congestion relief. Town Public Works Director Norm Davis describes what’s proposed for that intersection. Davis explains what the timeframe is for design and construction, which shouldn’t affect traffic much. Dava and Associates are working on the $77,000 design. Construction should be complete by July of next year.