May 302012

By Naomi Hatch —

Snowflake Town Engineer Rob Emmett advised the town council last week that the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) opens the application process for transportation enhancement (TE) grants every other year.

Emmett explained that there are 12 eligible project activities they could fund through two general categories, which are state projects and local projects.

He defined state projects as those located on, adjacent to or associated with the state highway system that are submitted through the ADOT District Engineer, which, if funded, would require no local match.

Local projects were defined as projects outside of ADOT right-of-way that are sponsored by metropolitan planning organization or council of governments member agency, such as the Northern Arizona Council of Governments, which incorporates a local funding contribution.

The TE local project is entitled Snowflake Old Town Streetscape Improvements, Phase 1, which would encompass Second West Street from State Route 277 to West First South Street and center on recreating the tree lined roadways of the old town area which existed prior to placing the irrigation into pipes. Additionally, the project would redefine the roadway cross section through the construction of curb extensions (also known as neckdowns or bulb-outs) at the intersections and striping. The curb extension would narrow the intersection to assist in reducing speeds, providing greater pedestrian refuge when crossing the street and further delineate parking spaces. The striping would define the two travel lanes, a bicycle path and parking space markings.

The TE state project application is entitled SR 77 from Rodeo Road to the Taylor Town Limits, and has been sought at least three times. It consists of the construction of a 5’ sidewalk, curb and gutter along the west side of SR 77. Previous attempts included pedestrian lighting, and it is the understanding of town staff members that the inclusion of pedestrian lighting was not looked upon favorably by the evaluation committee, so it was deleted on this application. The construction of sidewalk in Taylor was previously approved, and this project would take the sidewalk from Rodeo Road near Snowflake Junior High School to meet Taylor’s sidewalk.

The council approved Resolutions 12-007 and 12-008, which support the Transportation Enhancement state project and local project, respectively.