by Jim Keyworth
roundup staff reporter
The Payson Town Council voted last Thursday to move ahead on improvements to McLane Road, Airport Road and the intersection of Highway 260 and Mud Springs Road.
Through a loan repayment agreement with the Arizona Transportation Board, the McLane Road reconstruction project from Goodfellow to Main Street which includes center turn lanes and sidewalks will be accelerated. According to Town Manager Rich Underkofler, 48 percent of the $1.1 million loan will be repaid by an Arizona Department of Transportation grant.
The council also approved a contract for $102,900 for professional engineering services related to the third phase of the Airport Road realignment project. The town applied for grants to fund the project, which extends 450 feet west of Falcon Crest Drive to Vista Road.
The cost of improvements to the Highway 260-Mud Springs Road intersection, considered a hazard since the opening of the Payson campus of Eastern Arizona College two years ago, will be shared equally between the town and ADOT. The $70,000 project includes the addition of a 12-foot right turn lane.
In other action, the council gave final approval to revisions of the unified development code pertaining to home-based businesses.