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District 4 Maintenance Schedule - weather permitting

Tentative Schedule for week of 9/16-9/19

Seligman  - Old Hwy 66       Mowing
Williamson Valley Area Ditch Maintenance/Hot Mix Patching
Williamson Valley Area Mowing

 

Please remember to exercise caution when driving through the work zones.  


Mechanical Thinning Operations Started at Indian Creek

PRESCOTT, AZ – August 22, 2019 – The Prescott National Forest began using heavy equipment to thin approximately 600 acres west of highway 89 around Indian Creek. This project is expected to be completed in the next two months. During this time visitors can expect to see thinning crews working within the areas of Indian Creek and Granite Creek.

Mechanical thinning treatments has proven to be an effective tool in managing hazardous fuels, by rearranging/reducing ladder and canopy fuels to the surface to reduce the risk of crown fire, and to increase defensible space. Upon completion, this project will improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property in the Wildland-Urban Interface.

The public is reminded to drive slowly and yield to heavy equipment when in the area.

Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:


Arizona Department of Transportation FY 23-24 funding projects....

Supervisor Brown is happy to report that the Arizona Department of Transportation approved the FY23-FY24 funding projects.  The list below indicates where and when the workschedules are slated to begin in District 4.... 

    Area                                  Potential Project                                                                     FY 23 Design            FY 23 Construction      FY 24 Construction

N/W District SR 89 - MP 339 to 663, Install centerline rumble strips                             $   129,030.00  $       766,739.00  
Yavapai Co Old Hwy 66 & Ft Rock Rd Intersection, Install LT & RT Lanes  $   301,995.00    $      989,498.00
N/W District SR 89 - Little Ranch Rd, Install Left Turn Lane (MP 335)  $    511,469.00    $      808,816.00
N/W District SR 89 - MP 331 to 336.7, Install passing lanes  $   403,588.00    $   1,675,773.00
         

Fire Area Closure Important For Firefighter and Public Safety

The fire area closure order that is in effect over the Sheridan Fire area is extremely important for firefighter and public safety. Firefighters and forest officials have been working closely with area permittees for access as needed, but we continue to see non-authorized individuals in the closure area. County Road 68, also known as the Camp Wood Road, acts as the northern boundary to the closure and remains open to local traffic at this time. Areas south of the Camp Wood Road within the Forest boundary is closed, while areas to the north of Camp Wood Road remain open. County roads on the perimeter of the closure remain open. A map and detailed description of the closure area is available on Inciweb and on the Prescott National Forest website.  

Sheridan Fire Overview

Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)

Start Date: August 5, 2019

Size:  2,380 acres [more accurate mapping from drones and infrared aircraft]

Percent Contained: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush

Resources: Approx. 80 personnel including: 3-Engines, 1-Water Tender, 1-Handcrew, 1-Helicopter, 1 – Hotshot crew

Current Situation:

The fire continues to move steadily across the landscape in a remote and rural area south of the Camp Wood Road, and northwest of Willow Spring in the Sheridan Mountain area. There are no homes or structures threatened.

We are asking everyone to use caution as they continue to use the Camp Wood Road, as firefighters and multiple fire resources are working in the area. Area roads, trails, and natural barriers will be used as control features. Masticators will begin working along the Camp Wood Road and in select areas to clear vegetation to enhance the effectiveness of control features. Firefighters are continuing to use a helicopter and agency operated drones to monitor fire activity as access to the immediate fire area is limited mostly due to rough and rugged terrain.

The Sheridan Fire is a lightning caused fire being monitored as it burns naturally across the landscape. This fire is being allowed to play its natural role within the fire-adapted ecosystem. There is a wide variety of vegetation densities on the fire which, along with terrain and weather, will influence fire behavior and effects. Under the right conditions, fire helps break down nutrients and minerals in plants and other debris such as old logs and dense undergrowth and restores them to the soil.  The process also effectively reduces fire intensity in the case of future ignitions in the area as well.

Smoke:

Smoke from the Sheridan Fire will continued to be visible from Prescott and the Tri-City area during mid-afternoon and into the evening hours, extending as far north of the general fire area relative to the predominant wind direction.

With smoke impacts continuing to be expected, we recommend that the public plan activities during the earlier part of the day. For those more sensitive to smoke, we also recommend staying indoors with windows and doors closed and bringing pets inside.

Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111

Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6522/

Prescott National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Prescott National Forest Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrescottNF    


Seligman Clean Up Days!!!

Supervisor Brown wanted to remind you that Seligman Clean Up Days is coming soon!.....take advantage of this opportunity....

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, working with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce a community cleanup in Seligman. 

The cleanup will be at the Seligman Transfer Station, 55799 N. Seligman Landfill Road.

The cleanup will be open to Yavapai County residents for no charge on September 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st, 2019, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 

Accepted items: Household appliances, bagged trash, automotive batteries, unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings.

Items that will not be accepted:  Loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries and dead animals.

Wildfires are never out of season and now is the time to create defensible space around your home. Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home. Please remember to be cautious of sparks as you are cutting and trimming. All yard trimmings will be accepted at the cleanup.

This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.

For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.

 

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Seligman Transfer Station

To better serve our customers in Seligman, an extra day has been added for the transfer station.  Effective September 2019, the Seligman Transfer Station will be open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Seligman Clean Up scheduled for September

Please click on the link to get information on the upcoming scheduled Seligman clean-up: 2019 Seligman Cleanup.pdf


District 4 Town Halls

 

Press Release

 

Immediate Release –

August 2, 2019

2019 District 4 Town Hall Schedule

Supervisor Brown has completed his scheduling calendar for the annual Town Halls for 2019.

Town Halls provide the community the quality time and opportunity to learn and ask questions regarding the everyday functions of Yavapai County Government.  The departments represented at the scheduled meetings will be Public Works, Development Services, Community Health Department, Emergency Management and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

September 16th

              

Williamson Valley Community Organization

4125 W Outer Loop Road

Prescott

6:00-7:00 PM

September 23rd  

Seligman Public Library

54170 Floyd Street

Seligman

6:00–7:00 PM

September 30th

Ash Fork Development Association

450 Lewis

Ash Fork

6:00-7:00 PM

October 7th

Coyote Springs/Poquito Valley

6325 Baja Circle

Prescott Valley

6:00-7:00 PM

October 9th

Juniperwoods Land Owners Association

1108 Folkerts Lane

Juniperwood Ranch

6:00-7:00 PM

October 21st

Prescott

1015 Fair Street

Prescott

6:00-7:00 PM

October 28th

Chino Valley

1021 Butterfield Rd

Chino Valley

6:00-7:00 PM

 

For more information, contact Mary Conner, Assistant to Supervisor Brown at (928) 442-5132 or visit the website at: Web.bos.district4@yavapai.us.

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Comments from Supervisor Brown regarding Phase 2 road improvements on Williamson Valley Road

Williamson Valley Road Safety Improvements, Phase 2

Please be advised that Earth Resources Corporation in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing road construction safety improvements on Williamson Valley Road at its intersections with the following locations:  Pemberton Drive, Cliff Rose Road, Ridge Road, Buena Vista Trail, and Longview Drive.  Road construction will include widening of the shoulders to accommodate a center turn lane with increased turn lane lengths.  Road work will also include drainage improvements and realignment of intersections with Williamson Valley Road. Construction will begin July 15, 2019, and continue through November, 2019.  Construction activities will be Monday through Thursday. However, construction will also take place on the following Fridays ..9th, 16th, and 23rd of August from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Motorists will encounter lane restrictions, reduced speeds, and flagging operations in the construction zone.  Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devises when traveling through the work zone.

For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183 or visit us on the web at www.yavapai.us/publicworks.


COMMENTS FROM YAVAPAI COUNTY SUPERVISOR, CRAIG BROWN, DISTRICT 4 RE PHASE 2 ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

First, I would like to thank you all for your patience during this road construction.  However, we have received several complaints about the delays.  I would just like to remind you that these are the Phase 2 Safety Improvements we informed you of about 2 years ago, at which time we warned of delays.  We are trying to keep them to a minimum, trying to allow for school buses and not starting until 8:30 am to give people a chance to get to work before the workday begins.  Unfortunately, we cannot control traffic.  If there were an alternate road we could use, we would but there isn't.  Please know that we are doing the best we can and are confident you will be pleased with the changes once completed.  It is a difficult situation in that people know the roads need work and want them fixed but when the work has to be done, people don't like it.  We all understand but ask that you please bear with us!  This is for the good of the community and our safety.

Thank you!


Arizona Department of Transportation scheduled road improvements....

 

The Arizona Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration is planning to improve the roadway and traffic interchange along a 15-mile stretch of westbound I-40 between the Markham Wash Bridge and the East Seligman traffic interchange (Exit 123). The improvements and repairs include the following:

  • Reconstruct sections of the roadway
  • Mill and replace existing pavement
  • Apply a fog-seal coat
  • Build up the roadway shoulder with pavement millings
  • Replace existing barriers and guardrails

Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2019 and last approximately 12 months. The project will occur within ADOT right of way. The purpose of this project is to improve roadway safety and maintain the pavement.

Project Map

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Stay Informed

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.  Subscribe to receive project updates and traffic alerts by email. For more information, please call the ADOT Bilingual Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or submit a question or comment by email.  For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.


Arizona's 32nd Annual Statewide Transit Conference presented by AzTA & ADOT!

 

L-R: Steve Hogan, President of AZ,TA, Ron Romley-Board Chairman, YRT,  Cheryl Romley,-YRT, Chris Bridges-Vice President of Az/TA, Sandy Stutey-YRT

Yavapai Regional Transit (YRT) was recently awarded the 'Outstanding Rural Transit System of the Year' by the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Transit Association.

Congratulations Yavapai Regional Transit.  Your many years of hard work, fortitude and determination has earned you respect and recognition in the transit world!!!!

For more information regarding Yavapai Regional Transit, visit their website at:  https://www.yavapairegionaltransit.com

 

 

 

 

 

 


Meath Wash bridge replacement starting January 28th

 

A 10-month project to replace the bridge over Meath Wash in Yavapai County is set to begin next week. The Meath Wash bridge is located on SR 89 south of Ashfork near milepost 358.

Preliminary work on the $2.9 million project will begin Monday, Jan. 28. The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for the following work-related impacts:

  • The north-and southbound shoulders of SR 89 will be closed.
  • The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced from 65 mph to 45 mph.

The bridge will close in early March and remain closed for about six months. A temporary detour around the existing bridge will be constructed to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction at all times while bridge-replacement work is underway.

ADOT crews will remove and replace the existing bridge with a new cast-in-place two-span bridge and improve sight distance from the travel lanes at this location.

Drivers are asked to obey traffic control devices and use caution around construction personnel equipment.

Learn more on the project webpage azdot.gov/SR89MeathWashBridge

 

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