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Mon, June 24

<I>Construction Updates</I>

South Mt. Vernon Avenue

The traffic-control changes aimed at curbing traffic speeds have been in place on South Mt. Vernon Avenue for 60 days and will remain in effect indefinitely.

"Due to the overwhelming public acceptance and support of the traffic-control changes on South Mt. Vernon Avenue, they will remain in place while analysis of the collected speed and volume information proceeds," said Craig McConnell, Prescott public works director. The data analysis will be followed by city Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) review and formulation of short- and long-term traffic control and safety measures, McConnell said.

The traffic control changes on South Mt. Vernon have been in place since about mid-October. They include a four-way stop at the Goodwin intersection, 5-foot-wide bike lanes and 8-foot-wide parking lanes between Gurley Street and Senator Highway. The changes narrowed the traffic lanes on South Mt. Vernon to 12 feet in each direction.

The four-way stop and bike and parking lanes were recommended for trial by the TCC in response to homeowner concerns about increasing traffic and speeding on the residential connector. The measures also were put in place in advance of designing South Mt. Vernon Avenue improvements the city is planning to implement in 2004.

Permanent additions to South Mt. Vernon Avenue are crosswalks on Goodwin Street, both east and west of South Mt. Vernon, and a crosswalk on Carleton Street west of South Mt. Vernon.

For more information about the South Mt. Vernon traffic calming effort and the future road improvement project, contact Ian Mattingly, 777-1130.

Alley reconstructions

Paving is scheduled to begin Monday, weather permitting, on the following alleys:

• Goodwin to Gurley streets, between Mt. Vernon Avenue and Pleasant Street.

• Western Avenue to Sheldon Street, between Grove and Summit avenues.

• Gurley to Sheldon Street, between Marina and Alarcon streets.

Rosser Street extension

With paving completed, rip-rap and sidewalk construction is planned in the next week along with valve and manhole adjustment and cleanup. Traffic signal installation at Highway 89 North and Rosser is ongoing through the end of the month. Two-way traffic will be maintained on the highway during the work, with reduced speeds anticipated through the intersection.

The Rosser extension will not open to through traffic until a traffic signal is in place and activated on Highway 89.

This roadway extension project creates an east-west roadway connecting Willow Creek Road and Highway 89. The project also includes drainage improvements, water and sewer line extensions and road, drainage and water and sewer improvements on South Blooming Hills.

A.Miner Contracting is the contractor for this approximately $1.4 million improvement project. The city's 1-percent sales tax for road improvements is covering about $1 million of project costs. General Fund money is picking up the balance of project costs.

For information about this City of Prescott road improvement project, contact Mark Nietupski, 777-1130.

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