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PV getting two traffic signals; Robert Road/89A next on the list

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The intersection of Robert Road and Highway 89A is a traffic jam most weekday mornings.

Traffic from the northern portion of Prescott Valley backs up to the first curve on the southern leg of Robert Road as drivers wait to ease between 55-mph traffic on Highway 89A. And with more and more traffic in both directions, the lines are getting longer.

While that situation will continue for now, an end is in sight.

Thursday night, the Prescott Valley Town Council inked an agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation to add traffic signals at the intersection of Robert Road and Highway 89A.

Public Works Director Larry Tarkowski said traffic signals take about a year, from approval to installation. However, getting the go-ahead is a major triumph.

"After doing the warrant study, ADOT has agreed that the intersection does merit a signal light," he said.

As the town and ADOT have agreed in the past, each entity will pay for the signals on their streets or highways. That means the two will split the cost, with Prescott Valley paying for the two legs of Robert Road, and ADOT footing the bill for the two on Highway 89A.

Eventually, with the improvements of Highway 89A, the intersection will be a controlled access point to the freeway. That means ramps and an overpass/underpass structure will take the place of the signals. But that still is many years away.

Council members wanted to know about the progress of other planned signals in town.

Tarkowski said the foundations are poured for the signals at Glassford Hill Road and Highway 89A, as well as at Glassford Hill Road and Centre Court.

Both are now waiting on materials on order. That process takes considerable time, however.

And in the case of the signal at Glassford Hill Road and Centre Court, the timing and improvements must fit into the improvements for the retail and entertainment developments around it.

He expects these two signals will be in the ground and operating by next summer.

Council Member Mike Flannery, who sits on the Central Yavapai Transportation Planning Organiza-tion, said ADOT is particularly strapped for cash. Getting approval for a signal is a testament to the way the town, and particularly Tarkowski, can work with ADOT.

Tarkowski shrugged off the praise. The town works with ADOT well, he said.

"ADOT is a very good partner with the town of Prescott Valley," he said.

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