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Mon, Dec. 09

PV council looks into widening Lakeshore, adding signal at Windsong

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Town Council this week will consider amending a design contract to make way for widening a small section of Lakeshore Drive, and evaluate the need for a traffic signal at the Lakeshore-Windsong intersection.

At the 5:30 p.m. Thursday meeting inside chambers at the Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle, the council will decide whether to approve a revised contract of $114,630 with Dava & Associates to do the project's engineering work.

Town officials are suggesting widening Lakeshore between Lake Valley Road and Victor Road, as well as installing a signal at Windsong Drive, to allow for improved traffic flow and safety on the increasingly traveled section.

Roadway improvements would include an additional eastbound and westbound lane, curb and gutter, and an underground storm drain.

Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said engineers will conduct a warrant study to determine whether the intersection needs a signal. Even if a light is not warranted now, construction crews will put in a conduit for when it is needed.

"The plan is to widen Lakeshore Drive from Civic Circle going east to connect up with where it is already widened right by Victor," Tarkowski said. "Ever since the realignment of Windsong Drive north of Lakeshore, there has been increasing amounts of congestion at the intersection of Windsong and Lakeshore."

Beforehand, council will determine whether to approve a separate, revised $491,121 contract with Dava & Associates for design and construction services on Northside Community Facilities District No. 1.

The district, formerly Viewpoint Community Facilities District, covers 209 acres south of the Viewpoint and Pronghorn Ranch subdivisions, north of Highway 89A at Viewpoint Drive.

Private property owners there are seeking roadway lane improvements, a new signal at Viewpoint Drive and Pronghorn Ranch Parkway, installation of water and wastewater main lines, and a new, off-site water storage tank for future commercial development.

The town's fiscal year 2008-09 budget includes paying for the design, which will cost $257,771. However, district property owners will reimburse the town the entire amount after finalizing assessments.

The district also will pay for the construction portion of the agreement, which is $233,350.

IN OTHER BUSINESS:

• The council plans to authorize the mayor to adopt the final plat for Phase II of the Sungate Villa Senior Community at 3870 N. Civic Drive.

• The council plans to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Humboldt Unified School District to continue the police department's school resource officer program at Glassford Hill Middle School, Bradshaw Mountain High School West and Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, and the D.A.R.E. officer programs in the fifth-grade classes at all district elementary schools.

Contact the reporter at dcook@prescottaz.com

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