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Wed, Nov. 13

Editorial: Alerted to danger, council must act

It's interesting how things on one side of town can mirror what is happening elsewhere. Take, for example, intersection safety.

The Prescott City Council this past week decided to install a four-way stop at the residential intersection of Robinson Drive and Stetson Road, south of Gurley Street, in response to area residents' concerns. The intersection is near the interchange at highways 69 and 89.

At first it appeared that some neighbors could trim their trees and bushes to help with the problem of the street design. Duane Famas, who lives on Robinson Drive, told the council: "I would be willing to cut my tree. I would hate for my neighbors to have to stop 1,000 times a day just because I want a bush there."

In the end, the city's mayor pro-tem, Jim Lamerson, said because the city has received notification from area residents about the dangerous intersection, it is under obligation to do something to improve it. "The issue is we've been notified, and we acknowledge that this is less than standard," he said.

Now consider the newly completed portion of the Williamson Valley Road widening project at Pioneer Parkway. Area residents there are airing concerns - with little success - about where the road meets Ca-Tim and Dineh drives, just south of Pioneer Parkway. Drivers entering Williamson Valley Road have limited-to-no view of oncoming vehicles because of a bend in the road and elevations.

What to do? Install traffic lights? Stop signs? Trim trees? These solutions would either be a detriment to the area, the road, or would not compensate much, if at all, for the road's new design flaw. Little else could be done other than limiting traffic either on the road's outer lanes there or where the residents can pull out.

Again, this is a newly completed widening project. The only matter of debate is whether the City of Prescott or Yavapai County is responsible; the city and county partnered on the widening project, but these two intersections appear to be entirely in the county.

Are we comparing apples and oranges with the two sites? Maybe, except when we hear Lamerson describing driving through the Robinson intersection "like playing 'dodge car.'"

The city or the county needs to fix the Ca-Tim/Dineh problems, too; no one should have to play "dodge car."

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