Today: Feb 19 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Road Construction, Water & Roughriders

Road construction begins this week on 89

Road closure in Cottonwood today.

A road closure that was scheduled to take place last week is in effect all day today.  The City of Cottonwood Public Works Department had scheduled a closure of 15th Street Thursday, but it was cancelled due to a monsoon storm that hit the area.  Drivers traveling on 15th Street between Ash Street and Mingus Avenue can expect a road closure at the intersection with Mingus Avenue.  Through traffic will be allowed at this intersection, but all turning movements to and from 15th Street will be prohibited.  For those traveling in the area, a detour has been set up at Main and 14th Streets.  All local businesses will remain open during construction.  The closure is necessary so Cottonwood Public Works crews can install a new waterline.  The road is scheduled to reopen at 5 tonight.   

Water allocation asked for in proposed redevelopment project.

The Prescott City Council meets at 1 tomorrow afternoon to discuss a water allocation for a proposed redevelopment project.  The project involves a 60 unit low income apartment complex on Whipple Street for veterans and other community members.  According to City Manager Michael Lamar, in May Council endorsed the project, but grant funding wasn’t obtained.  The U.S. Vets organization later submitted a revised project, to be financed by other sources, consisting of 88 studio units, a manager’s apartment and a 14 unit shelter with 56 beds.  A commercial kitchen and dining hall would require an increased quantity of alternative water.  This request could be approved by the Prescott City Council within existing Water Management Policy. The Council discussion will take place at City Hall on South Cortez Street.  

Roughriders to play in PV due to turf rot

The Yavapai College Men’s Roughriders Soccer Team is going to have to wait a little while before it can play on its home field.   College officials say storm damage repair is underway at Ken Lindley Field on Gurley Street in Prescott.  While crews are taking care of turf rot due to heavy rains at the Roughriders’ home field, they are playing their first 6 home games at Mountain Valley Park, located on Nace Lane in Prescott Valley.  Yavapai College Athletic Director Brad Clifford says the current Ken Lindley Field conditions pose an injury risk to players and their opponents, so officials made the decision to move their games to Prescott Valley.  The September 5th, 9th and 12th matches will be played at Mountain Valley Park, along with games on September 21st and 30th and October 3rd.  

The Roughriders have been having good luck there, winning matches last Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  The first game at Ken Lindley Field is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th.  All games start at 6 pm.  

Road construction commences along 89A, Pioneer Parkway, Granite Dells

Construction activities get underway today on a Prescott road and utility upgrade project.  Crews from Asphalt Paving and supply will be performing earth work and project start up activities this week.  Work will take place along Highway 89 between the Highway 89A and Pioneer Parkway Interchange and Granite Dells.  Improvements include widening the existing 2 lane roadway to 4 lanes to enhance driver safety, removing and replacing the existing asphalt and upgrading utilities.   The project also includes a new roundabout near the Phippen Museum and a new parking area for the Constellation Trail System.  Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday.  Construction is scheduled to be completed by Spring of next year.   

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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