Changes to Existing Conditions Q&A

We at CYMPO thank you for participating in our Regional Transportation Plan Update online public engagement. We are interested in responding to your open-ended questions and comments about this plan as well as the existing and future transportation of the CYMPO region.

Comments made here are visible to other participants. Responses to questions and comments will be posted periodically and we encourage you to submit as many questions as wanted.

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jvs4570_1072
Mar 15, 2019 - 07:28

How about the thousands of residents that live on the dirt roads, that the county refuses to maintain. When many of these roads become muddy emergency vehicles can't get through and the streets don't even have signs. We all pay taxes and wonder why some less traved roads are paved and others are not. West Road 2 north, in Chino Valley, has a mud bog that's impassable for months at a time. Windmill has many homes and connecting streets yet none of them are maintained.

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anonymous
Mar 15, 2019 - 11:17

The Town of Prescott Valley's portion of SR 69 is awful to drive through. It takes too long to go a very short distance. Less lights (resulting in the vacation of certain street access to SR 69) and another lane in each direction may help to improve circulation, in addition to limiting left hand turns from Fain Road all the way up to the SR 69/89 split in Prescott.

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anonymous
Mar 16, 2019 - 08:39

There are an increasing number of spots were there are big ruts, cracks and even chunks of pavement completely missing on 69, 89, and 89A.

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rleyva_1083
Mar 16, 2019 - 11:34

We really need a local, perhaps quad city, bus system. I have visited 2 different towns this year with local bus systems and they are very popular. Prices ranged from $1 to $7 for single rides around the area. It would be a great investment of public funds for our area.

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Mar 18, 2019 - 10:03

I would like to see more attention paid to creating safe walking and bicycling paths or lanes throughout Prescott. Iron Springs Road has unconnected walk ways along it, creating unsafe conditions for pedestrians. The road is not wide enough to provide safety for cyclists. Rather than widening roads, more focus should be placed on alternative forms of transportation and creating safety on the streets for ALL users. Drivers and cyclists need education about how to share the road safely.

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Sue Knaup
Mar 18, 2019 - 11:29

First, thank you for creating this website and for encouraging discussion on topics other than motor vehicles. At least one third of our quad-city residents do not own a car and others cannot afford the cost of driving their car. We need choices. We need streets that invite other modes of transport. I agree with the comments regarding the need for an effective, affordable bus system (daily fixed-route, starting early in the morning and ending after hours) and connecting, high-quality bicycle and pedestrian ways. Avoid widening roads to accomplish this. Use the same corridors, same materials, same budgets, just please shape our roads for people rather than moving more cars faster. An excellent resource for the latest roadway designs that follow this principle is the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) (website: nacto.org). They are led by your peers - transportation officials in cities large and small around the country. Please connect with them and learn the latest about completing our streets for people.

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michael_1101
Mar 18, 2019 - 12:30

Can we get PVPD to patrol Hondo, between Long Mesa and Ranger?

There is a valley along that road where residents and even the school bus drivers speed up and down both hills, resulting in accidents and property damage.

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anonymous
Mar 19, 2019 - 02:25

The transit system has helped many people get around the tri-city area. More busses and extended routes are needed. Folks need to have a car to get back and forth to work or live within walking distance. Prescott Valley community needs service from 69 to 89A.

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anonymous
Mar 19, 2019 - 02:28

With all the homes being built out Glassford Hill Road (and even more planned) how will 69, 89A or even Glassford Hill Road accommodate the increase in vehicles? There are already too many accidents on GLassford and 69.

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anonymous
Mar 19, 2019 - 20:42

Suggest to redo Hwy 69 in Prescott Valley in concrete from Sundog Ranch Rd eastbound to Fain Rd. Concrete lasts longer than asphalt, more prone to wear and tear and is more environmentally friendly. Chip/seal wears out too quickly and isn't smooth.

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anonymous
Mar 19, 2019 - 20:48

Would like to see Hwy 69 converted into an actual freeway in Prescott Valley, via below grade. Stoneridge, Glassford Hill Rd, Lake Valley Rd, Windsong, Robert Rd, and Navajo Rd intersections would be converted to diamond bridges with on/off ramps that go over Hwy 69. That would eliminate all the intersection lights and redirect traffic off Hwy 69.

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anonymous
Mar 19, 2019 - 21:07

With Prescott Valley and Prescott population combine, adds almost 100k people, there needs to be public bus transportation. Not everybody can afford a car/truck. Would like to see something called 'Yavapai Metro Transit' that serves Cordes Lakes, Mayer, Dewey-Humboldt, PV, Prescott and Chino Valley. Similar cities in population such as Flagstaff and Grand Junction, CO have bus transit that works for their residents.

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anonymous
Mar 20, 2019 - 09:39

Development on the Dells would be destructive to the wildlife and natural beauty of the area. It's a great place for recreation that draws tourists and important tourism revenue. We can't afford the roadway improvements that would be required to accommodate new traffic in that area.

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Mark Schipper
Mar 20, 2019 - 14:11

I 17 should be included in any study. The portion with constant problems lies within Yavapai county. The roadway between Black Canyon City and Cordes Junction should have been widened 20 years ago.

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Brian Besser
Mar 20, 2019 - 17:24

The condition of Hwy 89 from Chino Valley to Ashfork is horrible. I can feel the rubber ripping off my tires. There have been virtually NO repairs (maybe 2) in years! Especially since the opening of the Drake plant the truck traffic has incredibly increased yet NO repairs to the hwy. Is there anything planned? Many vehicles travel "outside" the travel lanes to avoid the horrible asphalt....might THIS be part of the cause of so many accidents?

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Mar 21, 2019 - 09:49

We need better bike routes for safety. We need a public transportation service to run along route 69. There are a lot of seniors that would use this, especially from Mayer to Prescott.

RF1166's avatar
Mar 21, 2019 - 13:43

With all of the new housing developments and the increase in traffic this causes, these new neighborhoods need to be required to be walkable. This would mean more neighborhoods having their own grocery stores restaurants etc so that the residents can walk or bike to them instead of traveling by car. The current roads need to be widened and maintained and sidewalks need to be added. The streets in our neighborhood are narrow and no sidewalks and people drive way too fast and that needs to change. We also need to make rules about the use of the left lane as a passing lane instead of the I’m going to drive slower lane and back up traffic even worse then it already is. It would also be great to have a hotline where people can call and report the license plate numbers of those who are not following the new law of hands free device usage. It’s a huge problem that is causing even more traffic issues.

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carriebida_1137
Mar 21, 2019 - 17:34

We desperately need a bike path for cyclists to commute/exercise Without being in traffic. 20 mile s paved path would be ideal. Many other towns of our size have this. Look at Grand Junction, CO.

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Mar 22, 2019 - 02:49

Both Prescott and Prescott Valley traffic lights are not timed correctly. Years ago I was taught if you drive the speed limit, you will not hit red lights. I understand there are variances, but in these towns, the lights impede traffic.

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Vehicular aggression towards my bike commutes is increasing. Is there any consideration for a bike/pedestrian corridor through Prescott that is removed from the roadway? Refer to the Tony Knowles trail system in Anchorage, Alaska as a successful example.

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anonymous
Mar 22, 2019 - 13:38

INTERSTATE 117 , !! ,
RUNNING FROM EXIT 278 OF I-17 ,
TO EXIT 146 ON I-40 AT ASH FORK ,
WITH AN AZ 260 COTTONWOOD CONNECTOR AT PAULDEN .
STAGNATION OR GROWTH ? IT IS YOUR DECISION !

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HI OCTANE
Mar 22, 2019 - 14:18

INTERSTATE - 117

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Babysonja
Mar 23, 2019 - 19:41

Is there any sort of regular public transportation in the plans?

HI OCTANE's avatar
Mar 24, 2019 - 19:01

WHY USE THAT PHOTO ?
I AM INSULTED THAT YOU USE THAT PHOTO ,
OF THE DEADLIEST INTERSECTION IN THE COUNTY !
FINISH THE JOB AND BUILD A OVERPASS FOR ROBERT ROAD !
IT REMINDS ME OF PENNSYLVANIA ,
THE LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES , INCOMPLETE PROJECTS ,
AND WASTED MONEY !
SPEAKING OF WASTED MONEY , ROUNDABOUTS ,
$ 1,500,000.00 EACH = A LOT OF ASPHALT ON DIRT ROADS !

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sstutey_1160
Mar 28, 2019 - 09:32

Expand the current public transit services to more effectively serve all four communities. Yavapai Regional Transit provides basic service in Chino Valley with daily connections to and through Prescott and one day in Prescott Valley. Need six day a week service starting early enough and going late enough to get people to and from work. Need to Connect Dewey Humbolt with Prescott Valley, five or six days a week. Need a local special use taxing district to provide adequate funding. You may not use the bus, but if you need it, you want it there. Just like you may never need to have the fire department come to your house, but you pay for it through your taxes, and you want that fire truck to come when you need it.

SJD's avatar
Apr 5, 2019 - 11:49

I am encouraged that CYMPO now has an advisory committee to help them understand the effects of our roads and road planning on our wildlife. I understand that this issue must be addressed, especially when accessing Federal highway funding. Often, it is overlooked because it is not always simple or lowest-cost. But I am convinced that it's money well spent to work meaningful, adequate wildlife corridors into initial planning rather than have to retrofit. And it's safer, with fewer vehicle-animal accidents. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your surveys.

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anonymous
Apr 5, 2019 - 23:22

Instead of extra lanes we make horse lanes and hitching posts outside businesses.

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Many of your survey questions are too general to be meaningful. For example-- 1. Are you asking for my opinion about riding a bicycle on these various roads as they exist, OR as they could be improved for safer cycling, OR if I ride on the sidewalks (illegally in Prescott)? 2. Are you asking my opinion about widening roads as needed, continually into the future, if we continue hell-bent with blind growth exacerbated by the fake math (regarding water, traffic, etc) demanded by the developers, OR if we institute some common sense limits on the destruction of our region under the mantra of free and exploitative growth?

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Face to face listening meetings with commuters in service industry jobs would be helpful. Shift workers may not have time or ability to go on the internet. What would most help a housekeeper in a local motel or a nursing assistant at the VA or YRMC hospital get to work . A bus ? Free or subsidized bus passes from the employer or local governments? The waiters ,cooks and dishwashers in “everybody’s hometown “are often the face of our quad city to tourists. In many metropolitan areas, businesses offer bus passes as a job benefit .

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Apr 8, 2019 - 21:36

I also believe some type of public transit is necessary as Prescott grows. I prefer walking and appreciate safe sidewalks. More and safe bike lanes might encourage people to bike instead of adding to the traffic congestion.

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publicemailbox_1186
Apr 27, 2019 - 00:44

I notice daily all the loose debris, small stones, etc on the roads daily. My windshield looks like it has survived an asteroid belt when the sun is at a low angle from all the debris that is sent airborne when vehicles cross into the path of this debris when traveling in the sides and middle of the roads usually outside the marked travel lanes. Also highly prevalent adjacent to turn lanes. More effort needs to be made to sweep this debris from our local roadways. I frequently travel AZ-69 through Prescott Valley. Far to much loose debris on the roadway, turn lanes and shoulders.

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anonymous
Apr 29, 2019 - 20:32

SR 69 takes way to long to go short distances. the turn in at traffic lights only and lack of access to business turn-ins on major roads like Glassford Hill make you in some cases go way past your destination to turn around and head back. suggesting for the far future to raise or lower the SR 69 and create on/off ramp style access getting rid of the excessive traffic lights. Round about might be optional for some of the lesser accessed roads.

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May 13, 2019 - 15:30

This area desperately needs commercial bus or train transportation to other Arizona cities, especially to Phoenix and Flagstaff. MANY seniors will Not drive hwy. 17, the only reasonable route to Phoenix. Since the general Prescott area has such limited medical doctor access, especially for senior medical & metal health issues!

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Mathcadd_1243
May 17, 2019 - 13:57

The high-speed, two-way roads, such as Whipple and Willow Creek, feel very dangerous if you’re in the fast lane. This is because the only thing between you and the car coming towards you is a double yellow line.

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May 17, 2019 - 20:35

I travel the world and no matter what country there is a viable bus system. Yavapai County needs one! Especially with the number of retirees here who are major economic driver for the region, there needs to be a bus system. Many of us will eventually be unable to drive. Also a bus stem would relieve economic pressure on young struggling families where maybe both parents work, but cannot afford to own, maintain and insure two cars.

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FSM
May 19, 2019 - 22:26

Fix the roads all over the quad cities. They tear up everyones alignment. Fix the duration of traffic lights or build off ramps/overpasses. And for god sake dont put in more roundabouts.. Look how well they work for Sedona/Oak Creek area. Takes you hours to go from Oak Creek to Sedona in what used to take 45 minutes. Samething is happening just past the Phippian on 89 going towards Chino they make traffic worse

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anonymous
May 20, 2019 - 11:44

SH 69 in Prescott Valley between Bradshaw Mt. Road and Navaho is the most frustrating stretch of road in the area. I drive it at least 4 times daily. The traffic sucks! Needs more lanes in each direction, a higher speed limit, strict enforcement of "slower traffic keep right," and prohibition of trucks from the left lane. You see traffic enforcement catching speeders on that stretch all the time, but it's not the speeders who are dangerous, it's the folks driving slow in the left lane which impede traffic flow, frustrating other drivers and causing them to drive aggressively to get around these moving obstacles as well as expressing their displeasure towards the slower drivers.

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May 20, 2019 - 15:28

As a bike commuter, I know that an accident is inevitable on Prescott streets and roadways. I cringe every time I hear a loud truck stomping on the gas to get around me and half expect to see a huge black cloud of exhaust being spewed into my face. Aka "Coal Rolling". It's happened, and what goes through my head is catching up and dreaming up all sorts of revenge scenarios against the offender. Dented side panels, slashed tires, busted side mirrors, some kind words exchanged, exercising some 2nd amendment rights. But then I realize we've come to accept that, and other types of behavior here in the SW that is totally unacceptable. Maybe it's the "Californians" that brought it with them when they decided to retire and be grumpy the rest of their lives. Maybe all the nice people live in P.V. or Chino or out Williamson Valley? Where have all the kind hearted people gone? I hope we are setting a trend, that chastising and scaring people is not becoming the norm. We are better, and we could all drive less!

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spiralwoman08_1172
May 21, 2019 - 20:26

There is a great urgent need for wildlife crossing bridges in Yavapai County. On all major highways through the state- and a connectivity system for their migration routes.

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Jimdotz_1289
May 23, 2019 - 22:37

Create a light rail line from Chino through Prescott, PV, and Dewey to Sunset Pt, then a commuter tram connecting to the far north end of the Phoenix light rail line and/or bus network.

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Jimdotz_1289
May 23, 2019 - 22:45

(1) To fly east from PRC through DEN is too expensive and LAX is too inconvenient. Establish non-stop air service to DFW and/or IAH to allow one-stop fights to the entire east coast.

(2) Establish weekend air service from PRC to LAS for fun, and PRC to TUS for UA students and sports fans.

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dhulmes_1292
May 24, 2019 - 10:50

I would like to recommend that a location on Highway 69 between Prescott and Prescott Valley where a short section of state land that exists on both sides of Highway 69 would be an ideal location for a wildlife overpass or underpass that would provide wildlife migration and limit wildlife/traffic conflict. The wildlife corridor would connect Prescott National Forest with State lands contiguous to Glassford Hill and the Granite Dells/Watson Woods Preserve. With growing populations and traffic, this would be a minimal outlay of money that could provide an essential migration route for wildlife including deer, elk, bear, mountain lion, bobcat and smaller wildlife species, and also protect drivers from hitting wildlife on the highway. Thanks for your consideration.

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aliveinnature_1293
May 24, 2019 - 21:47

The company chosen in PV the time before last was the worst. Oil spray was inconsistent so gravel stuck poorly if at all. None of the companies do it right. It is done on brand new roads and because it is done wrong, it damages the new road wasting money. Stop it!!

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May 25, 2019 - 08:41

I recommend PV discontinue doing chip seal and go with the hot tar and asphalt method. It costs more money but the pavement lasts longer and its smoother. Chip seal is just a band-aid solution to the problem.

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Lydia
May 26, 2019 - 02:03

I agree with many of the comments about the difficulty in traveling on SR 69 through Prescott Valley. The increasing population will only make this worse. Something needs to be done to alleviate this congestion.

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anonymous
May 28, 2019 - 10:08

Please assess carefully the needs of the wildlife habitat that will be affected by the new road. Choosing a route that doesn’t impact or very minimally impacts current non disturbed habitats is ideal. Keeping in mind the health of plant and animal communities is essential for their well being and carrying on of their species.

Bridges for animals to pass safely over, above the road will allow animals to move as they have prior to the new road construction.

I haven’t read thoroughly your pre construction assessment plans, so please excuse me if what I’m suggesting is already part of your plans. I strongly support environmental assessment, inventory of wildlife of any route you are considering. I used to identify forbs/plants on the National Forest in AZ, which assisted NFS staff to make decisions regarding projects that impact wildlife. I hope you will do similar studies.

Thank you for listening!

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anonymous
May 28, 2019 - 14:34

Wildlife is under intense pressure from urban sprawl and habitat fragmentation. Connectivity corridors and unfragmented habitat blocks need to be identified and protected from any new roads. Let's be considerate of our wild neighbors.
• Existing bridges, culverts, and overpasses need to be evaluated for ease of wildlife passage, and rebuilt if they isolate habitats. Any new structures must accommodate wildlife movement.
• Opportunities to reduce congestion and improve efficiency on existing roads should take precedent over building new roads.
• The acreage spent on road construction should be matched with acres protected as mitigation for habitat loss.

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anonymous
May 28, 2019 - 17:10

Please STOP with allowing new development without having the road infrastructure for people to actually get around! Our streets are clogged as it is and there's very little available for people who walk or bicycle.

I can't help but notice that roundabouts around here cause more accidents than they're supposed to prevent. Maybe they work in other places, but they're a failure here.

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Megan
May 28, 2019 - 17:21

Existing bridges, culverts, and overpasses need to be evaluated for ease of wildlife passage, and rebuilt if they isolate habitats. Any new structures must accommodate wildlife movement.

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anonymous
May 28, 2019 - 17:33

With the constant construction of new housing and roads it has put pressure on our much beloved wildlife. We need to protect our wildlife by making sure there are no fragmentation to their habitats. Roads and housing need to be designed to accommodate our wildlife movement. We need to evaluate all wildlife passages such as bridges, culverts and overpasses for ease of wildlife and we need to rebuild where the habitats have been isolated.