Improvements to Increase Safety and Traffic Flow Causing Delays for Motorists
If you travel State Route 89 north regularly you know that there are a few areas along the highway to and from Prescott to Chino Valley that can currently take longer due to the latest road construction north of Prescott. Lane closures, heavy equipment, and reduced speeds are part of the cost to motorists as improvements are made along this heavily used road.
The main goal is widening the 89 to four lanes with a divider between opposing traffic as seen on other parts of the 89 that have already been completed. The area though the Dells is narrower because of the incredible rock formations, allowing only one lane each way during the construction, which can seem narrow and harrowing in parts, especially at night.
A roundabout will be added at the Phippen museum and eventually another roundabout will be added at Perkins which feeds the Antelope Hills Golf Course. Roundabouts have proven to greatly reduce accidents over intersections with signals and are being increasingly used throughout Arizona.
According to the city The City of Prescott, “The project limits include State Route 89 between the State Route 89A/Pioneer Parkway interchange and Granite Dells. Improvements include the widening of State Route 89, water and sewer utility upgrades, removing and replacing the existing asphaltic concrete, and construction of a new roundabout near the Phippen Museum. The project also includes a new parking area for access to the City’s Constellation Trail System. Once complete, this project will increase traffic flow by widening the existing two-lane roadway to four lanes, enhance road user safety, and upgrade utilities that serve the Prescott community. The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2018.”