The work planned for Pine Creek Canyon Road will not provide residents with actual additional escape routes in the event of a fire, but officials believe having a wider road will help.
Gila County Public Works Deputy Director Steve Sanders said the road is now only 16 to 18 feet wide, when the improvements are completed, it will be 22 feet wide, which will help should it be necessary to evacuate area residents in the event of a fire.
The plans for the road project will be discussed at length with residents during an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26 in the cultural hall of the Pine Community Center.
The county’s public works staff will have exhibits and maps available for residents to review and will be available to answer questions throughout the day. A formal presentation on the project will be presented at 11 a.m.
The staff is not sure how long the project will take as plans are not yet complete, according to information provided by District One Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin.