You should never toss litter along state highways, especially when monsoon storms hit. ADOT is asking drivers and passengers not to toss trash, because it can block drainage systems. This can lead to standing water along a highway. ADOT works to clear litter and other debris from systems all year long. Piles of litter often have to be collected by hand and hauled out of pump station storage wells. Crews or contractors also use specialized vehicles to vacuum drainage pipes that lead to pump stations. ADOT also keeps an eye on weather forecasts to prepare for challenges associated with runoff. Localized storms that drop more than 2 inches of rain in an hour can tax any drainage system.
Colorado Man Arrested for Cottonwood Crimes
A man has been arrested in Colorado for charges in Cottonwood. According to Cottonwood Police, in January Larry Green Chevrolet on Rodeo Drive reported internal cash thefts. An investigation had revealed a former employee, 47 year old Cory Janzen was involved in the thefts. He had left the state and moved to Colorado but before doing so, he reportedly accepted cash payments from several customers for repair work on their vehicles. He didn’t receipt the monies properly through accounts receivable in excess of 14 thousand dollars. Cottonwood Police detectives presented the case to a Yavapai County Grand Jury where a true bill was handed down for an indictment. A felony arrest warrant was issued for Janzen’s arrest and efforts were coordinated with law enforcement personnel in Trinidad, Colorado. He was taken into custody last Tuesday and he’s awaiting extradition to Yavapai County. Janzen is facing charges of theft and fraudulent schemes.
Hassayampa Village Lane Improvements
Improvements to Hassayampa Village Lane in Prescott are almost finished. According to City of Prescott officials, crews have completed concrete work and asphalt paving operations along Hassayampa Village Lane at Thumb Butte Road. They will be performing landscape activities this week. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times but due to the nature of the work, drivers are asked to use Copper Basin Road as an alternate route. Work hours are 7 am to 5 pm today through Friday. This project is scheduled to be done in early summer. Another City of Prescott project that’s nearing completion is the Bashford Courts Alley Reconstruction Project. New light poles have been installed and crews are performing miscellaneous clean-up activities. Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm today through Friday.
Widening of SR 69 is in the plan
A road improvement project in Yavapai County has been approved as part of the annual update to the 5 Year Highway Construction Program. The State Transportation Board on Friday approved the Plan, which ADOT officials say reaches the Department’s goal of allocating at least 260 million dollars per year for preservation of bridges and roadways throughout the State Highway System. In Yavapai County, a partnership with the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization will widen a 1 mile stretch of Highway 69 to 3 lanes in each direction and add safety improvements. More than 1 million dollars has been approved for right of way and utilities in Fiscal Year 2020 and nearly 9 million dollars for construction the following fiscal year.