More Highway 260 To Be Widened

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Motorists traveling on Highway 260 in a few years could find driving a lot easier.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is preparing to begin a $27 million project to widen a seven-mile stretch of roadway around and past Star Valley.

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In 2008, the Arizona Department of Transportation will turn a seven-mile stretch of Highway 260 from a two-lane road into four lanes, much as they did with this connecting piece of road near Little Green Valley.

Tom Goodman, ADOT senior engineer, said the project will tie into the east end of Kohl's Ranch and the west side of Preacher Canyon.

Currently, the roadway is two lanes. ADOT plans on making this portion of Highway 260 four lanes.

The places in the highway that are only two lanes regularly experience congested traffic, Goodman said, especially during the summer months.

The ADOT engineer said a large portion of the existing asphalt will be torn out for construction of an entirely new roadway.

He expects that ADOT will advertise for the employees in about another year, with construction beginning in the summer of 2008.

Bill Pederson, public involvement officer for ADOT, said the project is one of many that ADOT is embarking on.

"With the development in that area, traffic is increasing and we need to improve the roadway," Pederson said.

He said there will be some areas where ADOT will need to use the existing roadway and add onto what is already there. In these instances, he said, the existing roadways will be repaved.

This project, he said, has been in the works for many years, and is in ADOT's five-year plan that is updated annually.

The bid portion of the project will not be anytime soon, he said.

He expects that portion of the project to be completed in the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

The Arizona State Transportation Board has scheduled public hearings to review the 2008-2012 Arizona Department of Transportation tentative five-year construction program, which includes widening Highway 260.

Following is the schedule of upcoming public hearings.

  • At 9 a.m. April 13, there will be a public hearing in the Tucson Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda.
  • At 9 a.m. April 20, another public hearing will be held at the ADOT auditorium, 206 S. 17th Ave. in Phoenix.
  • At 9 a.m. May 4, the last public hearing will be held in the Flagstaff Council Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave.

Pederson said public comments will be taken into account when the new five-year plan is written.

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