PV unveils wider – and complete – Glassford Hill Road
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Cars and semis roared by as about two dozen officials stood on the corner of Glassford Hill Road and Lakeshore Drive Monday.
The traffic was an ever-present reminder that this opening of the second four lanes of Glassford Hill Road was ceremonial only, that drivers needed those two lanes as soon as FNF Construction removed its equipment from them.
This is a good day, said Prescott Valley Public Works Director Larry Tarkowski. It's a day that the town knew was coming, almost as soon as it opened the north-south connector between highways 69 and 89A about five years ago.
And while the final tally of dollars isn't complete, it appears that the project will not only be done on time, but within the projected $2.5 million budget, he said.
Richard Straub, Yavapai County's public works director, said Glassford Hill Road is a prime example of what's happening in the area. Because of growth, the public needs the roads before governments can build them.
Yavapai County officials partnered with Prescott Valley on Glassford Hill Road, by kicking in $1 million for the regional route.
With the start of the Airport Connector on the horizon, Straub said it's important to get that entire controlled-access freeway from Highway 169 to Prescott built.
It will be a good alternative to the other highways in the area. Before anyone could plan for controlled accesses, the other regional roadways sprouted stoplights every half-mile, he said.
Donzil Worthington, office manager for Sunrise Engineering, said Glassford Hill Road wasn't a difficult piece of work, but it had a lot of pieces.
First, it contained a number of major utility and drainage crossings. After it started, it required matching work with the Highway 89A interchange. And also, late in the game, it required some fine-tuning to allow for the Harkins Theater and downtown entertainment project.
"It was a piece of cake," he said, "but it was a lot of cake."
Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lew Rees, whose Chamber Ambassadors conducted the ribbon-cutting, said the route is significant for the type of economic development the town is experiencing.
He gestured to the traffic speeding by him, almost drowning out the speakers' words and the polite applause.
Those aren't just cars and trucks going by, he said. The roadway is bringing Prescott Valley much more in terms of economic advantages.
"Those look like carloads of money going by," he said.