Road construction delays
Watch for delays if you’ll be traveling on Highway 89A in Oak Creek Canyon and on Virginia Street in Prescott. A single lane restriction will be in place during the daylight hours today and tomorrow while ADOT crews make pavement repairs. Flaggers will be on hand to allow for alternating travel in the work zone. Meanwhile, over at Acker Park off Virginia Street, City of Prescott crews will be installing drain pipes for the new storm water detention basin. Large trucks and heavy equipment will be accessing the project site at South Virginia and Canyon Breeze Court. Crews will also be performing earthwork and grading activities for the new drainage channel next to the park on Virginia. Work hours are today through Saturday from 7 am to 6 pm.
HUSD has 7 members again
The Humboldt Unified School District Board is back to 7 members. After receiving letters of interest and resumes, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter interviewed 4 candidates at the Humboldt Unified School District Offices 1 week ago. Carter then discussed each candidate’s qualifications individually with the Board members before making an appointment. He has appointed Dina Battaglia to the term made vacant by former member Paul Leon, who has relocated to Colorado. Battaglia is the current Director of Teaching and Learning Excellence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The term runs through December 31st, 2018.
Drive Safely in work zones
With an increase in road work in the Prescott area, ADOT is launching a campaign that encourages motorists to drive safely in work zones. The campaign will remind drivers of the Move Over law, which requires motorists to move over to one lane, or slow down if it’s not safe to change lanes when approaching vehicles with flashing lights pulled to the side of the road. When driving in work zones, ADOT has some tips to keep yourself safe. Pay attention to warning signs and flaggers and be aware of lower speed limits or narrowed travel lanes. In addition to road construction, a vehicle breakdown can also cause delays. Construction activity is on the rise during the summer season, and so are calls for roadside assistance. AAA Arizona Autoclub spokeswoman Michelle Donati explains what you should do if you find yourself locked out of your vehicle in the intense heat. Donati says the best way to avoid a breakdown is to keep current on your routine maintenance. Donati adds a dead battery is one of the top 3 road assistance calls they get. ADOT is also reminding drivers the most common crash in a construction zone is a rear end collision, so don’t follow other cars too closely and slow your speed. A heat advisory is in effect in Yavapai County through 8 Thursday night. The hottest days this week are expected today and tomorrow.
CYMPO to study and advocate for ecosystem preservation
The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board meets at 4 this afternoon to consider establishment of a new committee. The purpose of the Ecosystem Connectivity and Mitigation Advisory Committee would be to study and advocate for preservation of ecosystems in the Planning Organization region. This would allow integration of land use and mitigation for natural resource protection, as well as wildlife habitats into the regional transportation and design program. Committee membership is expected to consist of one member each from ADOT’s northwest district’s environmental division, the arizona game and fish department and yavapai county land use planning staff. The committee will also have three citizen members. The executive board meeting will be held at the yavapai county administrative services building, located on fair street in prescott.
Hot air balloon fire
A hot air balloon fire has resulted in burns to the pilot. At 8:45 yesterday morning, Sedona Fire District emergency crews found a vehicle and trailer loaded with a hot air balloon engulfed in flames on Dry Creek Road. Sedona Fire Marshal Jon Davis says the balloon pilot prevented a brush fire by moving the vehicle away from nearby vegetation. The balloon pilot had suffered burns on his arms while he was trying to put out the fire. He was taken to the Sedona Emergency Center for treatment. The vehicle, trailer, balloon and other equipment are a total loss estimated at 35 thousand dollars. There were no other injuries.
It’s hot. How hot? Record-breaking hot.
The hottest weather of the year is expected to continue through tomorrow. On yesterday’s first day of summer, Prescott had a high temperature of 103 degrees. Ben Peterson from the National Weather Service in Flagstaff says other areas of Northern Arizona had hot temperatures as well. Temperatures will start to trend downward tomorrow into the weekend. Meteorologist Ben Vasquez says the good news is the monsoon rains may be near. The monsoons can also bring blowing dust storms that can drop visibility to zero. ADOT officials are recommending you avoid driving into or through a dust storm. Don’t wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway, do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the roadway if you can.