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The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking for your input and will be hosting a trio of meetings with the hopes of getting it.

The Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization, in collaboration with ADOT, is in the process of updating the Verde Valley Master Transportation Plan. According to the group, the primary goal of this study is to develop a plan for improvements that promotes regional safety and mobility.

VVTPO hosted a round of public meetings throughout the Verde Valley, including one on July 16 in Sedona. The second round of meetings are:

  • Nov. 16: Sedona, 5:30 p.m. City Council chambers.
  • Nov. 18: Camp Verde, 5 to 7 p.m., 473 S. Main St., room 206/207.
  • Nov. 19: Cottonwood, 5 to 7 p.m., Recreation Center, 150 S. Sixth St.

“This meeting will present the draft transportation improvements for all modes based on the technical evaluation and public input from the first public meeting,” Yavapai County Assistant Public Works Director Mike Willett said. “The first meeting was to show the public the existing transportation system conditions as well as the future deficiencies and take input on future improvements options from the public perspective.”

According to a report from the consulting firm of Jacobs, in 2009, the Verde Valley Multimodal Transportation Study was developed to establish a long-range regional transportation plan to guide the implementation of transportation improvements on regionally significant roadways in the Verde Valley.

When the VVMTS was developed, economic projections were optimistic and funding levels high, causing local agencies and the Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization to expect significant growth and transportation improvements in the region.

It went on to state, since the economic downturn, growth trends and funding availability have altered dramatically. The U.S. Census Bureau has released updated population data, and planning studies and General Plans have been updated for VVTPO member agencies. The plan aims to update the 2009 VVMTS to provide a guiding document for realistic and feasible solutions.

The study also stated there were five key reasons as to why this transportation plan is needed:

  • Establish a regionally-cohesive transportation framework.
  • Enhance mobility and improve safety.
  • Support planned land use and future growth.
  • Address safety and operational needs.
  • Promote economic growth and community livability.

“The upcoming meetings will present the potential improvements and their ability to address future travel demand,” Willett said. “We will again ask the public to provide comments and concerns about the various improvements options. After the second round of public input, the plan will be finalize and the study final report written.”


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