Possible hurdles of upcoming downtown project discussed

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Lyn Johnson, a supervisor with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), spoke at the Winslow City Council meeting on April 26 to inform the city council and public of impending downtown construction.

Johnson brought ADOT staff and the project contractor to provide details of the project which will span from May through July. The project will involve replacing all of the traffic signals in the downtown area and involves the two intersections of Williamson Ave and Second and Third Streets, which are the two main intersections in the Historic Downtown District.

The presentation was a preliminary plan and tentative timeline for street closures, alternate routes and local access issues. A number of business owners in the area voiced their displeasure at the fact that the project comes at a time of peak business activity. City Manager Jim Ferguson was also concerned about the negative impact on tourist revenues and recommended having a meeting between the construction group and Winslow businesses on May 9 to examine all options before firming the dates of the project stages.

The heart of Winslow will be impacted to one degree or another, mostly during the summer months, so creative solutions for tourist access will be necessary.

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