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Council to act on 4th Avenue Gateway project
ASH connection plans also on agenda
Yuma’s 4th Avenue Gateway to the city will be getting a new look, according to a measure before the Yuma City Council to approve an agreement with the state for the improvement project.
The measure is one of several action items before the council when it holds its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of Yuma City Hall, One City Plaza.
The council also will hold a work session at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers.
The 4th Avenue Gateway project calls for the city to design a 10-foot-wide multiuse pathway along 4th Avenue from the state line extending south to 1st Street. The project will cost $802,260, paid with $750,000 in federal dollars and a city match of $52,260.
The design would include pedestrian lighting to enhance safety for night-time users, welcome signage, landscaping and decorative planter walls in the Business 8 median.
The construction is intended to complement and enhance the state’s 4th Avenue pavement replacement project, scheduled for completion by July 2013.
In other business, the council will be asked to approve an amended agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation regarding the Area Service Highway’s connection to other highways. After considerable discussion and public comment, the final recommendation is that the ASH proceed no farther northward from its intersection with Interstate 8 on Araby Road. The ASH provides a truck route to Yuma from the new commercial port of entry in San Luis, Ariz.
ADOT will design and construct highway capacity improvements at the ASH/I-8 interchange to include directing northbound traffic to Avenue 3E to gain access to U.S. 95.
As part of the agreement, ADOT will design and construct widening and other improvements to Avenue 3E between the I-8 interchange and U.S. 95, and along U.S. 95 between Avenue 3E and Araby Road. The city is to pay the estimated local match of $254,871 in fiscal year 2014.
In addition, ADOT will take over the city’s design responsibilities for improvements to the westbound I-8/Giss Parkway interchange, saving the city approximately $400,000 in design costs.
Complete agendas for both meetings are available on the city’s website at yumaaz.gov.
For those who are unable to attend a meeting in person, city council meetings and work sessions are broadcast live on Time Warner Channel 73.
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