Council Looking To Realign Mclane


The Payson Town Council may ask some property owners to move over and make room for a new and improved McLane Road Thursday during the council's regular meeting.

The council will discuss realigning the twisty section of the road north of Main Street. Roughly half a dozen private lots could be affected, depending on what the council decides to do.

McLane Road -- from Main Street to Goodfellow Road near the Senior Apartments -- currently has a number of sharp curves and blind intersections.

Last March, council authorized staff to begin the redesign process, with the help of ASL Engineering.

Town Engineer LaRon Garrett will present the council with three realignment options.

The first provides the straightest and most direct route from Cherry Street to Rim View Road. Intersecting streets can be aligned to intersect with the new road at 90-degree angles. Estimated cost: $658,762.

The second option is similar to the first alternative, except more curves are added to increase the length and reduce the steepness. Estimated cost: $684,198.

The third option is to keep the road basically the same. This alternative does not meet the 30 mph design speed, and would require a posted speed of 15 mph in the area. Estimated cost: $375,546.

In other business, the council will entertain a proposal by George Spears on behalf of the Payson Lions Club regarding concessions at the new rodeo grounds.

Spears said the Lions, and other non-profit organizations around the Rim country, have come to depend on the income they derive from their food booths at the various festivals and rodeos.

Thursday night, he'll ask the council to consider some kind of arrangement to allow those same food vendors the opportunity to peddle their fare at the new arena location.

In another measure, Rumsey Company, Lane Properties and Wal-Mart Stores will turn over their portions of Rumsey Drive to the town for public use.

The Payson Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in its chambers at Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

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