Pine Creek Canyon Road Project Outlined

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The county has plans to widen and pave 5,000 feet of Pine Creek Canyon Road. It will have an open house for area residents from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26 at the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center.

Beginning at 10 a.m., residents can look at the project exhibits and visit with the Gila County Public Works Division staff. A formal presentation will be made at 11 a.m. The balance of the day will be given over to further examination of the exhibits and questions to the staff.

District One Supervisor Tommie Martin provided an outline of the work:

• The project will begin at the road’s intersection with Highway 87 and go in about 5,000 feet.

• Because the road functions as a collector road for the surrounding area, the project is needed due to safety concerns resulting from the limited lane width, pavement deterioration and drainage problems.

• The road has been built up over time and has never been upgraded, however, there is not sufficient right-of-way for more extensive improvements.

• Approximately 800 cars per day use the road and more are likely on holidays.

• The project will include establishing two, 11-foot-wide driving lanes, but there will not be sidewalks due to the lack of right-of-way.

• Drainage improvements, such as replacing old culverts, will be made as allowed by right-of-way and considering downstream existing residential structures.

• There are utilities in the road and right-of-way that will need to be relocated.

• Approximately 80 trees, mostly small in diameter, located next to the road, will need to be removed.

• There are approximately 45 driveways that will be affected. They will be considered throughout design and construction

• The road will continue to be posted at a 25 miles per hour speed limit.

• The construction schedule is still being developed as plans are only 60 percent complete at this time.

• Construction is expected to take at least several months and there will be lane closures and probably a detour for limited amounts of time.

• The county will work with emergency services and public safety agencies to coordinate access during construction.

• The county will provide construction status updates to the public throughout construction to advise of lane closures or detours.

As the project continues, residents can direct their questions and concerns to Steve Sanders, deputy public works director for the county, at (928) 402-8530 or e-mail him at ssanders@co.gila.az.us.

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