Traffic might be bad, and frustrating at times, but at least now the ride through West Sedona is smooth sailing.
Construction crews finished the last of the overlay project, and the noise of traffic disappears the moment tires go from old asphalt to new.
There was no denying the highway’s desperate need of repair.
Driving up Cook’s Hill toward West Sedona, vehicles in the left lane risked running into the infamous crack that pulled your tire right in and held the vehicle on its own track.
Once you slipped in, you were stuck.
Dips and bumps riddled other sections of the road caused by the constant braking we all know is the only way to get through town without a fender bender.
If Sedona’s 12,000 or so residents were the only people traveling daily on the city’s sole main artery, the roadway would last much longer.
However, like with so many of the other services offered, the high volume of commuters who travel from all over the Verde Valley to work here and tourists demand the city live larger than its population.
Sedona is a small town that absolutely must be capable of living like a big town when it needs to, despite resistance from some residents.
The Arizona Department of Transportation gets that.
It understands Sedona’s residents want to preserve the small-town charm of the city many of them fell in love with while vacationing here — it’s encountered that passion as it’s boiled over time and again.
However, it also understand the numbers, liability and maintenance behind keeping a state route safe for all who travel along it.
While some pit us against ADOT as the sworn enemy of Sedona trying to turn the city into Phoenix or Las Vegas, the truth is the city has been fortunate to receive some nice projects from its limited budget — and ADOT even gave in to some of Sedona’s unconventional demands.
State Route 179 is a beautiful roadway, and State Route 89A in West Sedona is improving, all thanks to ADOT.
Waiting in traffic wasn’t always fun, but the end product made it worth it.
Thank you, ADOT, for spending your time, money and patience on Sedona, even if we can be a pain in the rear.
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