Immediate actions to be taken by road safety assessments
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Improved speed limit signage and crosswalk signage on US 89 entering the community of Yarnell are among the immediate actions taken by the Arizona Department of Transportation to address safety issues following the a recent fatal accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian.
“ADOT’s priority is getting everyone home safely,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “I and a number of ADOT engineers met with Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes to discuss how to better handle traffic and potential solutions to improve safety for residents of Yarnell, other nearby communities and drivers who use this route. We look forward to a resourceful and collaborative process with area residents, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and other relevant stakeholders. »
As a first step, ADOT will add crosswalk signs with improved reflectivity that is more visible during night and day. The agency will also install new speed limit signs as drivers approach and enter Yarnell itself.
As it examines potential long-term improvements, ADOT will begin a road safety assessment. This is a comprehensive report based on a review by a multi-disciplinary road safety team, on-site data collection, crash data and other vital information that may suggest signage changes, scratches, geometry, traffic control or other safety improvements.
The timeline for the review may vary depending on the complexity of the recommendations, but is expected to be completed this fall. Additionally, information gathered from the Department of Public Safety’s ongoing investigation into the fatal crash may help inform potential steps that could be taken to improve safety.
In addition to the area in and around Yarnell, an assessment will also be made of road conditions in the nearby Peeples Valley.
Times are subject to change depending on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Bilingual Projects Information Line at 855.712.8530 or visit azdot.gov/contact and select Projects from the drop-down menu. For real-time road conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s traveler information site at az511.gov, Need to know where a kilometer marker is located? Click on the “Mile Markers” icon on the map at www.az511.com. Follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or dial 511, except while driving.