Council Faces Decision On Roundabout Plan

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A sometimes-controversial roundabout traffic circle at the busy intersection of Highway 87 and Airport Road will take a key step forward on Thursday if the Payson Town Council approves a deal with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

The $1.2 million project will cost the town about $400,000 and represents almost the only significant street improvement in the past two years, since a sharp drop in tax revenues prompted the town council to cancel most other street improvements.

The proposed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) would also include changes in the road alignment leading to the existing roundabout at Highway 87 and Tyler Parkway.

The decision on whether to go forward with the roundabout project despite the town’s budget woes will headline this week’s regular council meeting, which starts in the council chambers at 5:30 p.m.

Other issues on the agenda include authorization for the town’s water department to come up with a policy that would allow Payson to provide water outside the town limits and a request to waive the normal fees for a conditional use permit for Payson Community Kids.Y

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