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11/30/2012 9:58:00 PM
New traffic lights imminent at both ends of tribal connector
Cindy Barks
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - New traffic signals will be going in soon on two of the community's state highways.

Arizona Department of Transportation Assistant District Engineer Bob LaJeunesse reported this week that preparation work is under way for installation of a new traffic signal on Highway 89 at the intersection with the new tribal connector (at Sundog Ranch Road).

In addition, crews are expected to install new signals soon at two already-signaled intersections on Highway 69 - at the Target entrance, and at the Frontier Village entrance near the old Wal-Mart location.

LaJeunesse said installation of all three signals likely would take place in January.

The signals are being installed in anticipation of the opening of the new tribal connector, which will provide a link between the two highways.

Although officials earlier estimated that the connector would be open by Dec. 1, LaJeunesse said delays have pushed back the opening until after the first of the year.

Officials with the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe were unavailable for comment Friday on the specifics of the projected opening date.

Over the past two weeks or so, crews have been working at the Highway 89 location, preparing the ground for the new traffic signal poles, LaJeunesse said.

Yavapai County currently controls that section of Highway 89, and will be responsible for the future maintenance of the signal, he added.

While ADOT no longer controls the Highway 89 section, the state department has been involved with the necessary permitting on the other end of the connector.

The tribe's contractor, Fann Contracting, has been working for months on the Highway 69 widening that will be necessary before the connector can open to the public.

That work involves the addition of two new lanes on the north side of the highway. After the widening, LaJeunesse said the section of the highway between the Target entrance and the old Wal-Mart entrance would consist of six lanes.

He estimated that paving would begin on the new lanes within the next two weeks.

As a part of the project, he said new four-way signals would be installed at the two Highway 69 intersections.

While the west-Frontier Village signal is begin designed for four-way traffic, LaJeunesse said its northern leg would be "stubbed out," and would not be active until future development at the site requires the fourth leg.

ADOT still controls Highway 69, LaJeunesse said, and "the signals will be ours to maintain."

Although the construction on the new Tribal Connector has been complete for more than a year, an update of the tribe's 2005 traffic study and a resulting change in the adjacent highway work reportedly has pushed off the connector's opening.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Article comment by: Michael in Prescott


From the signs that have been up on the road for quite some time.

Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012
Article comment by: Schmedrick R. Schmendrickovich

The article itself said nothing about a 25 mph speed limit. Where's that information sourced?

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2012
Article comment by: To First Hand

Actually, no. ADOT never proposed anything of that nature. It was a cost cutting move on their part to not build the left hand turn on 69. Brilliant as it now seems.

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2012
Article comment by: Michael in Prescott

Billy Jack & Traffic fines equate...

Sorry to disappoint you, no tickets.
Can either of you explain why a 4 lane road on a pretty straight shot between 89 & 69 would be 25mph, if not for revenue? After all, it's not in a residential area or PV.

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: First Hand

Actually, Tom is mostly right. Or, does not anyone remember the public hearings by ADOT that chose the Tribal alternative?

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: Tom, Tom, Tom

I told you once, the tribe had nothing to do with the no left interchange. It was ADOT who designed the interchange because they felt with the "new" Prescott Lakes road to 69 it was not needed. You consistently make up stuff or you just can't remember, which is it? Listen up this time.

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

A reminder. Do you remember the need for a safer 89 - 69 interchange? And the dangerous left turn off 89 south to 69 East? Well, that disappeared as it would have taken out the Yavapai Casino on 69 and the tribe couldn't have that. Now there will be a by-pass and another light on 89 to add to our travels. Thank you ADOT

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: perfect ???

Adot and cites need to be looking at ways to loose extra lights its unsafe and just stupid. Let's use common since . I travel hwy 69 the lights will turn red for one car to go onto 69 and fifty cars have stop which collect more cars. Then again at the next light so on and so on. Its unsafe and just stupid. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS! !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: Billy Jack

It sounds like Michael in Prescott got a speeding ticket from the Tribal Police. Strange though, they usually write only warnings unless you go way too fast. Might try slowing down Mike.....

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: Traffic Fines Equate to Less Than One Percent of Budget

Yes, Micahel, that's the only reason government puts in stop lights and speed limits is to generate revenue... Where do you people come up with this nonsense??

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: k n

We need more lights - We only have 31 now between Sheldon St. and Young's farm.

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: Michael in Prescott

Be careful when the 4 lane connector opens. Looks like it will be another money maker for the tribes, with a posted 25 mph on the 4 lane road.

Maybe it will keep the tribal police off of Hwy 89 with their radar, though.

Why exactly is Hwy 69 considered a construction zone with a 35 mph speed? There are jersey barriers lining the entire distance and no openings or construction being done on the highway side of the barriers.

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: My guess...

Even though this portion of 69 will be wider and safer, my guess is that they will permanently keep the speed limit at 35 mph (as it is now in construction zone) through this area. It will remind us all of what they did when they rebuilt the other end of 69. Another convenient way to a permanent change.

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: Why no roundabouts?

Will the lights be solar powered?

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