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Prescott's Willow Creek Road realignment set to get underway in November

PRESCOTT - A $5 million contract for the long-awaited Willow Creek Road realignment project will go to the Prescott City Council for approval this week.

At its regular voting session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, the council will consider awarding a $5,047,653 contract to Fann Contracting, Inc. for the realignment project that will run between Pioneer Parkway and Deep Well Ranch Road at Highway 89.

The meeting will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

The contract will include grading a new right-of-way, drainage facilities, construction of new roadway, and about 7,500 lineal feet of 12-inch diameter waterline from the intersection of Willow Creek Road/Pioneer Parkway to the existing main at the intersection of McCurdy Drive/Clubhouse Drive/Highway 89.

The project has been in the works for years, and will offer an alternate route for drivers during the Arizona Department of Transportation's (ADOT) upcoming widening of Highway 89 from the Deep Well Ranch roundabout to just south of the Highway 89A interchange.

The realignment is a joint city/Yavapai County project, with the county paying 50 percent of the cost, up to $3 million, according to a city memo.

Fann Contracting's bid was the lowest of four that the city received. Other bids ranged from $5.1 million from CLM Earth Movers, to $5.9 million from Asphalt Paving & Supply, Inc.

If the contract is approved this week, the city expects construction to get underway in November, and be complete by October 2016.

In other action, the council will:

• Consider accepting and approving recommendations from the Airport Area ad hoc Steering Group for location of the new airport passenger terminal at the "west site."

The committee considered the two options provided by consultant Dibble Engineering this past June: the "east site," located on Melville Road adjacent to the airport fuel farm; and the "west site," located 300 feet northwest of the existing terminal.

• Hear a presentation on FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) National Flood Insurance draft rate maps.

• Hear a presentation on the city's alternative water portfolio.

• Conduct a closed-door executive session at 1 p.m. to consider: a water settlement agreement with the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe; and a Prescott Pines claim.

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