Roads and Street Committee talks reconstruction funding, signs at Road 1 North, 89
The Chino Valley Roads and Streets Committee had two big topics for its Jan 14. meeting, funding potential road reconstruction projects and discussing what to do at the intersection of Road 1 North and Highway 89.
Chino Valley will hold a vote in May on a property tax increase, which would pay for road maintenance and repair. If the ballot measure passes then the town will have $1.9 million to apply toward road maintenance. Town officials state the intended use of this money is to balance the lower cost of pavement perseveration with the high cost of reconstruction and arterial maintenance until a pavement management program is established. Various methods of construction — such as slurry seal, road overlay, and reconstruction — would be used to rebuild and fix the roads in neighborhoods, such as Appaloosa, Bright Star, Mesa View, Highland Ranch, Parkside Village and Vista Grande Estates.
Town staff recommended Chino Valley bid for as much slurry as possible in the first year of the project. Staff said by achieving a lower biding price in year one of the project Chino Valley would save money and slurry much of the town’s roads. Staff also recommended the town issue a job order contract that would allow Chino Valley to contract with as many as five contractors for each type of roadwork in future years.
The committee voted unanimously to approve the recommendation, which now passes the item along to the Chino Valley Town Council.
Later, the committee brought up the second topic of the night: What changes could be made at the intersection of Road 1 North and Highway 89?
This topic came about from a suggestion from committee member Ron Romley, who wants to improve safety there. In the past three years, there have been 11 accidents with four injuries at the intersection, according to the town. Romley proposed some sort of signage be put up to restrict left turns for both east- and westbound traffic during high peak hours.
“I notice during high peak hours we have a lot of traffic on 89,” Romley said. “People just go crazy and get in the left lanes waiting for an opportunity to allow themselves to bleed into the traffic.”
Frank Marbury, Public Works director, said he spoke with the Arizona Department of Transportation and was told the town had the right to put up signs, but the department does not think the Arizona Department of Public Safety would enforce those signs. The Chino Valley Police Chief is in favor of some sort of signage at the intersection, according to Marbury, who said he recommends that — without any type of structure, like a concert island — getting compliance is difficult, but the town officials have no issue putting signs up if they want to do it.
Ultimately the committee decided this topic needs further discussion and voted to continue talks on the subject at their next meetingm which is Feb 14.
The Chino Valley Roads and Streets meets 4 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Council Conference room in Town Hall.