Sedona AZ (June 3, 2019) – At the May 29, 2019, council meeting, council members directed staff to proceed with another Sedona in Motion project, the Forest Road extension, and chose Design Option 1. The council also directed that the design include a sidewalk and bike lane, or shared-use bike/walk pathway.
A 2018 survey of Uptown residents found 78 percent supported building the extension. It will allow Uptown residents to bypass the two roundabouts at Brewer/Ranger roads and the Y, and serve as an additional access / egress route for emergency responders and emergency evacuation. When the extension is completed vehicles will use a left-turn lane on northbound SR89A to enter Forest Road west of the post office. When exiting Forest Road at that location only right turns will be permitted onto southbound 89A.
Purpose of the extension
- Gives Uptown residents a way to bypass two busy roundabouts, reducing traffic in those roundabouts.
- Provides additional access to emergency responders; serves as an additional evacuation route.
- Provides an additional off-highway walk/bike connection between Uptown and West Sedona.
Images of the road design Option 1 selected by city council are posted on the Forest Road web page.
A video of the 2.5 hour city council meeting is available at http://sedonaaz.swagit.com/
All documents included in the May 29 council briefing, including design options and drawings, public comments, survey results, and images, are online at http://www.sedonaaz.gov/Home/
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