Council To Consider Beeline, 260 Upgrades

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When the Payson Town Council meets Thursday night, council members will consider an intergovernmental agreement between the town and the Arizona Department of Transportation to improve the intersection at Highway 87 and Highway 260.


The project includes the following proposals:


• Construction of a right turn lane for Highway 87 traffic at Longhorn Drive


• Construction of a right turn lane for Longhorn Drive westbound traffic at Highway 87


• Widening the southwest corner of the intersection for trucks turning left from Highway 260 west to Highway 87 south


• Extending the median to stop left-turning traffic from Highway 260 at the access drives to McDonald's and Taco Bell


• Installing the necessary underground equipment for a future traffic signal at the Highway 260 access to Payson Village Shopping Center on the north and Wells Fargo Bank on the south.


The new overhead traffic signal on Highway 260 between the two shopping centers would not be installed until warranted. The signal is expected to cost $125,000.


In his request to the council, Town Manager Rich Underkofler wrote that the cost to the town is expected to be $90,500. ADOT would underwrite 75 percent of the cost of the improvements to be constructed in the 2001/2002 fiscal year.


Underkofler said ADOT will also pick up 50 percent of the cost of the overhead traffic signal.

"For over a year now, we have been having a dialogue with Tom Foster, ADOT district engineer, concerning his desire to initiate improvements at the intersection of State Route 87 and State Route 260," Underkofler said, in the council request.


Underkofler said Foster has offered to reduce the town's share of the cost from the original estimate of $209,000 to $90,500 (25 percent).


The need and plans for this improvement are documented in a report prepared by Sverdrup Civil.

"It's time for the council to make a decision on this project," Underkofler said, "so both ADOT and the town can formulate budgetary plans."


Other items on Thursday's agenda include:


•A final report by Barry Cardinael on the status of relocating the rodeo grounds from Rumsey Park to its new site south of town;


• A first reading and public hearing of an addition to the Unified Development Code which would establish rules and procedures to ensure the preservation of the historical significance of the town. The ordinance provides for the creation of a seven-member Historic Preservation Commission appointed by the mayor;


• A first reading and public hearing of an ordinance to the town code which would prohibit the practice of engine-braking that results in excessive, loud, unusual or explosive noise. The ordinance would provide for penalties of up to $1,000 in fines for violations.


The Council meets 6 p.m. Thursday in the Town Hall Council Chambers at 303 N. Beeline Highway.

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