Sedona AZ (March 2, 2019) – Sedona residents are invited to attend an open house in advance of construction in Uptown as part of Sedona in Motion (SIM) transportation improvements.
The open house will be held March 18, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Sedona Heritage Museum located at 735 Jordan Rd. Residents are invited to look at project designs, which are now 90 percent complete, ask questions of city staff and the construction contractor’s staff, and share thoughts on best days and hours for construction activity.
“Construction for the Uptown Roadway Improvement project is planned to begin after the spring break visitor season,” says Public Works Engineering Supervisor Stephen Craver. “We’re committed to minimizing and managing construction impacts for business owners and residents, and we want to hear their thoughts on construction days and hours. We’re excited to begin construction on traffic improvements, which residents have made clear is their highest priority.”
In its entirety, the Uptown project includes a combination of street, hardscape and landscape improvements designed to control and improve traffic flow and mitigate a variety of causes of delays. The project includes:
Additional southbound lane on 89A from the north end of Uptown to Forest Road
Roundabouts at Jordan Road and north of La Petite Hotel that will include public art
Connection between southbound 89A and parking on Schnebly Road
Landscaped, decorative median on 89A through Uptown that will include art elements
Decorative median on Forest Road between 89A and Wilson Road; extended sidewalk on the north side of Forest Road between 89A and Wilson Road; new crosswalk across Forest Road at Wilson Road
Removal of the crosswalk at the southwest corner of Forest Road and 89A, and creation of additional pedestrian space at the northwest corner crosswalk
The Uptown improvements are among many elements of a city-wide transportation master plan developed over the course of two years of study, planning, public meetings and discussions.
“The Uptown project is a key improvement,” says Andy Dickey, public works director, “but what’s really important to understand is that there is no one solution to Sedona’s traffic congestion because addressing just one spot will only push the bottlenecks somewhere else. The transportation plan calls for many big and small projects that work together to improve traffic flow throughout all of Sedona.”
Get complete information on the Uptown open house and construction project by downloading the open house flier at sedonaaz.gov/simuptown.
Travel time data shows that currently, with no traffic, it takes seven minutes to travel from the Trout Farm to the Y; the baseline for a severely congested trip has been identified as 42 minutes. The Uptown improvement project was modeled and shows a reduction from 42 minutes to 15 minutes in severely congested conditions.
Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for SIM news at sedonaaz.gov/simnews. To receive real-time construction information once construction begins, text the word SIMUPTOWN to 888777. To stop receiving text construction notices, reply to the text message with the word STOP.