Airport Roundabout Needs Council Ok

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The Payson Council will grapple once again with roundabouts at its Thursday meeting.

No. Not the Mud Springs roundabout -- another one.

Town Engineer LaRon Garrett on Thursday will ask the council to reaffirm its support for a traffic roundabout that the Arizona Department of Transportation wants to build where Airport Road meets Highway 260.

The latest roundabout decision comes just after a traffic study demonstrated that extending Mud Springs Road to Highway 87 won't generate enough traffic to justify building a roundabout there -- an issue that had preoccupied the council for months.

On the other hand, the town has been working with ADOT since 2002 to get a roundabout built at the Airport Road intersection. Normally, ADOT splits the cost of such projects with the local jurisdiction. However, in this case ADOT has agreed to pay about two-thirds of the $1.2 million project cost, with the town's share set at $390,000.

The roundabout discussion will likely headline an otherwise relatively low-key council meeting, as the terms of Mayor Bob Edwards and councilors Andy Romance and Tim Fruth dwindle to their last few meetings.

Other issues confronting the council on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall include:

  • Approval of a $90,000 contract to make improvements in Payson Fire Station 11.
  • The second reading of a revision of the town's water conservation ordinance that would make key restrictions on water use year round, regardless of year-to-year rainfall totals.
  • The second reading of an ordinance to ban motorized vehicles on the comprehensive network of trails that represent the Payson Area Trails System.
  • Approval of the final plat plans for the Tyler Parkway condominium subdivision.
  • Approval of the preliminary plat for the Los Pinos subdivision on N. Chaparral Pines Drive.

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