Sedona AZ (November 11, 2016) – In the next few weeks, city of Sedona contractor Tiffany Construction Company will begin Phase Two, the Coffee Pot Crossing Phase, of the Coffee Pot Drainage Basin Improvement Project, which will begin with utility relocation work, followed by a drainage culvert installation.
The Coffee Pot Crossing Phase involves installing a 72-inch in diameter drainage culvert approximately 15 feet deep beginning on the east side of Coffee Pot Drive, and ending approximately 130 feet west of Coffee Pot Drive on Grasshopper Lane. Before the drainage installation portion of the project can start, it will be necessary to relocate the existing overhead utilities underground along Grasshopper Lane and relocate an existing gas main along the portion of Grasshopper Lane that runs from east to west. It is anticipated that the utility relocation work will take approximately six weeks, and the drainage portion of the project will take an additional eight weeks.
Phase Two of this project will ultimately protect many properties along Little Elf Drive, Grasshopper Lane and Coffee Pot Drive that witnessed among other flooding events, severe flooding on September 10, 2009. City of Sedona staff reached out to residents that will be directly impacted by Phase Two of this project, and additionally, Tiffany Construction Company will place notifications at each residence on Grasshopper Lane with up-to-date information as Phase Two begins.
At times during Phase Two of this project, access directly from Coffee Pot Drive onto Grasshopper Lane will not be possible. The detour route for Grasshopper Lane residents and service providers will be via Sanborn Drive to Little Elf Way at the north end of Grasshopper Lane. This detour from Sanborn Drive is not permanent, as it is only temporary during active construction of the project phases that run along Grasshopper Lane. Also, during the installation of the drainage culvert across Coffee Pot Drive, the street will narrowed down to one lane of traffic.
“The city of Sedona continues to make flood control improvements a priority, and we’re happy to see this project move forward into Phase Two,” said David Peck, associate engineer, city of Sedona Public Works Department.
The Coffee Pot Drainage Basin Improvement Project consists of four phases with Phase One, the Casa Bonita Phase in front of the Casa Bonita Condos on Coffee Pot Drive, successfully completed on time and under budget earlier this year. Phase Three includes installing a drainage culvert along the remaining portion of Grasshopper Lane and is budgeted for fiscal year 2018, between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Phase Four includes installing a drainage culvert across Sanborn Drive and along Little Elf Drive and is budgeted for fiscal year 2019, between July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
For more information regarding the Coffee Pot Drainage Basin Improvement Project, contact Peck at the city of Sedona Public Works Department at 102 Roadrunner Drive or via email at DPeck@SedonaAZ.gov.