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Sun, Nov. 17

Letter: We can put money to far better use

EDITOR:

I keep asking what will be the final cost of the roundabout at Outer Loop Road and Highway 89?

Wouldn't a traffic light at this intersection have been less expensive and allowed traffic to turn left onto 89 easily?

What will the new construction at 89 and 69 cost? I understand vehicles will not be able to turn left from 89 onto 69.

In these economic times, why is the county even considering widening Williamson Valley Road to five lanes? Prescott's mayor said he favors widening the city's part of the road even though the city doesn't have the money. Wouldn't it be more sensible for the city to maintain and repair the streets it already has?

In October 2008 the county supervisors laid off eight county employees and saved about $308,000 for the rest of the fiscal year. How does this savings compare with the $50,000,000 estimated cost of the Williamson Valley Road construction? What is the estimated cost of buying right-of-way to widen the road? Williamson Valley Road is Yavapai County Road 5. Do the county taxpayers realize these figures are only for widening the road from Iron Springs Road to Outer Loop Road, a distance of less than 10 miles? Don't we have better ways to spend taxpayer money? The county says it needs this road widened so the county can grow. What kind of growth will help pay the $50,000,000 cost? Almost all of the property along Williamson Valley Road is residential. The county should maintain and repair the county roads we now have. Or will we end up with a five-lane road we don't need in these economic times and hardly any county employees we do need?

Jane Holland

Prescott

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