Studies Continue On Widening State Route 260

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The studies that involve the widening of State Route 260 from Columbia Lane east of Overgaard to the intersection of US 60 in Show Low are continuing and are still under way according to Bill Pederson, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

In a statement he gave Tuesday, “Studies that are being performed currently is providing differing alternatives that are being evaluated for potential environmental, social and economic impacts that was presented in the initial meetings that were held in both Heber and Show Low in November 2009.”

He went on to say, “Once these studies are complete, we will schedule public meetings in Heber and Show Low in the first quarter of 2011 to present our preferred alternatives.

“After we receive comments from the public, we will prepare the final versions of the location/design concept report and the environmental assessment. A phasing plan for the improvements will be included in the final report.”

The highway project, which has three phases, will provide additional lanes, turnouts and improved traffic flow for much of the heavy traffic we encounter during the warmer months of the year.

The Forest Service announced on Nov. 2 that maps of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests were revised in 2010 and are now offered for sale. For the first time, the map includes game management unit boundaries as designated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The previous edition of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests map was last revised in 1996.

The cost of the map is $10. The map is printed on synthetic paper which is resistant to moisture, and the scale of the map remains 1:126.720, which is one-half inch to the mile. New features of the map include expanded developed recreation site information, safety and wildfire information, archaeological and cultural information, and points of interest.

Visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/ for more information.

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