Bill's Newscast: Roadwork to Make Driving Smoother

26 June 2017  
Making the traffic flow smoother is ADOT’s goal. 

ADOT is making the ride along Highway 69 in Prescott Valley smoother with the latest technology.  

ADOT officials say new communication hardware that has been installed in traffic signals allows engineers to monitor traffic conditions from afar.  This allows engineers to make adjustments to signal timing to improve traffic flow and diagnose and correct problems.  The signals, which are located from Navajo Drive to Sundog Ranch Road, automatically adjust timing at certain times of the day based on anticipated traffic.  As a result, travel time on this stretch of Highway 69 has improved by as much as 40 percent.  Other traffic signal features include new systems for detecting traffic and LED lights that increase nighttime visibility while using less electricity.  Later this year, ADOT plans on making these same improvements to signals from Sundog Ranch Road to the Highways 69 and 89 interchange in Prescott.   

Watch for delays at Glassford Hill Road and Long Look Drive this week.  

According to Town of Prescott Valley officials, drivers on Glassford Hill will be rerouted onto the new outer lanes, which are currently being paved.  Traffic will continue in a north-south direction with the left turn lane restrictions currently in place.  Long Look and the entrance to Bradshaw Mountain High School will have limited right turn access in and out.  The 4th phase of construction will also include removal and reconstruction of the existing intersection between the new outer lanes and new traffic signal installation.  Other work that’s currently underway includes curb and gutter construction and paving of Panther Path, Long Look Drive and a portion of the high school entrance road.  

Join the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors for a ribbon cutting for a new trail.  

County officials have been working with Prescott National Forest officials over the past few years to develop a trail system near the communities of Bridgeport and Cornville in the Verde Valley area.  The County and Forest Service have completed a trailhead on Zalesky Road off Highway 89A.  They have been working together on a similar project for the Tissaw Road Trailhead.  Tomorrow morning at 9:30, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will officially open Tissaw Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  From Highway 89A, take Cornville Road.  Turn on Tissaw Road and follow it until you see trail head signs.   

The Prescott City Council meets at 1 tomorrow afternoon to discuss the Security Alarm Ordinance.  

According to City Manager Michael Lamar, the Alarm Ordinance was adopted in August 2013.  The purpose is to regulate the activities and responsibilities of those who buy, own, lease or rent alarm systems.  Lamar adds the ordinance is also meant to encourage the reliability of those systems and to ensure public safety personnel won’t be endangered or diverted from responding to an actual emergency.  The ordinance outlines alarm user responsibilities, exemptions, false alarms, the appeals process, penalties and more.  The discussion will take place in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.  Prior to this meeting, Council will meet in a closed session for review of Lamar and City Attorney John Paladini.  That meeting will be held in the Lower Level Conference Room at City Hall.  

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