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The city of Sedona and Yavapai County are teaming up to improve a pair of highly-used roads in the area.

The joint project will include resurfacing Boynton Pass and Dry Creek roads. The county approved the project on Wednesday, March 16, while the city is expected to do likewise on Tuesday, March 22.

The project will be funded through the Surface Transportation Program. According to a city report, these are federal funds administered by the Arizona Department of Transportation through the Northern Arizona Coalition of Governments. A joint project will provide cost savings to both parties and minimize the duplication of effort.

“The cost of construction is still to be determined through the design process,” City Engineer Andy Dickey said. “However, we do have a budget. This is budgeted to occur in fiscal year 2018 — two fiscal years from now.”

Even though the earliest the project could start would be July 1, 2017, Dickey said both the city and county needed to have an intergovernmental agreement approved prior to next month.

The agreement allows the county and Sedona to jointly use federal funding in the amount of $1,114,971 to reconstruct 3.4 miles of roadways serving both the 0.83 mile city portion and the 2.6 mile county portion. The city and the county would each contribute their share of the required 5.7 percent matching funds.

As part of the agreement, representatives from the city will participate in project design and construction meetings as well as the procurement process for engineering services. The city will also reimburse the county for 30 percent of the design engineering costs in the amount of $56,580 and another $15,000 for ADOT design reviews.

Since both parties are paying half of the design review fee, this benefits the city by saving cost on the design and ADOT review fees, and will reduce the staff time required for management of the design and construction, the report states.


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