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Trade eBulletin:

Trade eBulletin: Important information about San Luis I POE/ Informacion de importancia del Puerto San Luis I







Due to the risks of public health caused by the possible spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at public gatherings, the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) has determined that all public meetings will be held and will only be open to the public through Electronic Based Platform (GoTo Meeting) means, , until further notice. Further to the March 13, 2020, Opinion issued by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, the YMPO provides this special advance notice of the technological means through which public meetings may be accessed. While this Special Notice is in effect, public comment at meetings will only be accepted through written submissions which, if they are submitted by the appropriate time, may be read aloud during meetings.


Paul D. Ward, P.E.

Executive Director, YMPO




Town of Wellton

                Coyote Wash Pedestrian Bridge Construction Project is Underway!!!

“The bridge will be prefabricated locally in Arizona (Phoenix) and hauled in and installed by cranes on the same day. That day is November 6th if all continues to the plan.”

About two weeks later when construction is complete the Town of Welton, YMPO and ADOT will have a ribbon cutting ceremony after the final completion.

Jonathan Fell, PE, PTOE

Resident Engineer

ADOT Southwest Construction




Lane restrictions scheduled on US 95 in Yuma beginning Sept. 16

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for restrictions on US 95 and Avenue 8E in Yuma.

Contractors are scheduled to complete final paving.

The following restrictions will be in place beginning at 4 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, and ending at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

  • US 95 will be narrowed to one lane in both directions between Avenue 7E (milepost 30.67) and Avenue 8E (milepost 31.17).
  • The speed limit on US 95 will be reduced to 35 mph.
  • Avenue 8E will be closed.
  • A 12-foot vehicle width restriction will be in place.
  • Local traffic can use 24th street from Araby Road to Avenue 9E to avoid the area during working hours.
  • Bypass traffic can use Interstate 8 from the 16th Street Exit to the Fortuna Road Exit to north Highway 95 for access to the Yuma Proving Ground and Quartzsite.

Motorists should allow extra travel time for possible delays while work is underway.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Bilingual Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or go to and select Projects from the drop-down menu. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.





Renaming of State Route 195

July 29, 2019

Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization

Yuma County— July 29, 2019 — At their regular meeting on July 23, 2019, the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names, approved Docket 2018-09, regarding the renaming of a portion of State Route 195, also known as the Area Service Highway, to the Robert A. Vaughan Expressway.


Robert A. Vaughan was the first Executive Director of the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) since its formation in 1983 through until his retirement due to health reasons on November 2, 1998. He was integral to the growth of the Yuma region and guided several transportation improvements through the process.

There was a dream! In the mid-80s there was a need that was unmet; henceforth, the birth, the planning efforts, and finally implementation of the SR 195 or Area Service Highway (ASH). In a final report, I-8 & US 95 Corridor Study of 1988 the need for an alternative corridor was identified. By 1994, two alternatives were preferred. The Base or Border Area Service Expressway and the ASH or Area Service Highway.

Once the preferred alignment was agreed, the following studies were initiated and funded by YMPO. An Intergovernmental Agreement was signed in 1999 with Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Yuma County, the City of Yuma, the City of San Luis, the Town of Wellton and the Cocopah Indian Tribe. SR 195 or Area Service Highway project estimate was $70,000,000

Robert A. Vaughan’s dream came into realization through the 2000s and by 2010 the highway was in full operation. To “Give Honor to Whom Honor is Due” and to fulfill a promise spoken or implied, made by officials of the State of Arizona the SR 195/ASH would be re-named to the “Robert A. Vaughan Expressway” in honor of a man who envisioned the highway, 5 years after his death.

Positive Relations Feedback:

“We would like to thank All members for their support in this effort; the Mayors, Councils and Supervisors, YMPO Executive Board, Agency Administrators, and YMPO Technical Advisory Committee.”

-Executive Director, Paul D. Ward, P.E.

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PR Contact Name: Executive Director, Paul D. Ward, YMPO

Phone Number: (928) 783-8911


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Prepare yourself, your vehicle before highway trips in extreme heat!

Must-have items include fully charged cellphone, drinking water, umbrella
July 10, 2019

PHOENIX – With merciless temperatures forecast over the coming days, be sure you and your vehicle are prepared before traveling on highways in the Arizona desert.

I-10 Sacaton

Motorists should always be ready for the possibility of becoming stranded, but that need is even more critical in extreme heat.

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s safety tips, available at, including the following:

For you and your passengers: Have extra drinking water for everyone in the vehicle, including pets, an umbrella for shade and a fully charged cellphone. Pro tip: Take a cooler to keep extra drinking water cold, and consider adding several frozen bottles of water to use for cooling off or to thaw and drink if needed.

If you must spend extended time along a highway due to a breakdown or some other delay, you’ll need sun protection. In addition to an umbrella, take sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat and wear loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothing.

For your vehicle: Check the air conditioner and coolant levels, top off any vital engine fluids and make sure your battery is up to par. Check your tire pressure, as the combination of underinflated or overinflated tires and hot pavement can lead to a blowout.

Keep your tank at least three-quarters full. Running out of gas, especially in a remote location, is dangerous in extreme heat.

If your vehicle breaks down, call for assistance right away to reduce your wait, and run the air conditioning. If your vehicle’s air conditioner isn’t working, roll down all windows.

Here are other recommendations if you are stranded along the highway in extreme heat:

  • Avoid parking in tall brush. A vehicle’s undercarriage is very hot and can ignite grass and other vegetation.
  • DRINK WATER. Make sure everyone, including pets, stays hydrated.
  • If the temperature inside your vehicle becomes too hot, everyone, including pets, should exit carefully and seek out or create a shaded area as far away from the travel lanes as possible.
  • Be careful walking on the road surface, which can be hot enough to burn skin. Keep your shoes on and try to keep your pets’ paws off the pavement.
  • Raise the hood and turn on hazard lights.

Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes.






More bike lanes coming to Yuma…

More bike lanes coming to Yuma as AZ drivers ranked among worst in nation

YUMA, Ariz. – In an effort to promote bike safety, the City of Yuma is working on making more space on the roads for cyclists.

Starting with the new bicycle lanes out near the Foothills on Avenue 9E, which are expected to be completed July 3.

The bike route bridges the communities between the railroad tracks, to college park, and all the way across the freeway, creating a safer transit route for locals who prefer two wheels over four.

The Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) plays an integral role in implementing more bike lanes across the Yuma region

YMPO Senior Planning and Mobility Manager, Charles Gutierrez said, “We’re always looking for each of the municipalities and cities to put a component of bicycle-pedestrian pieces in there. [By] putting in a bike path and a multi-mobile type pathway, you’re promoting something that has never been done in this region.”

This is an issue that has concerned many local cyclists, like Gene Dalbey, the president of the Yuma Region Bicycle Coalition.

The bottom line is being safe and to share the road and to be courteous to each other. I have as much access to the road as the next person, said Dalbey.

And it is the drivers Dalbey doesn’t trust, saying There’s a lot of things that could happen and there’s a lot of people who don’t get really good motor transportation training to be a good driver.

In fact, a recent study by reveals Arizona ranked 7th among the nation’s worst drivers.

Some of the metrics that got Arizona to that spot include fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven. It’s the 11th highest rate of all the states, explained Smart Assets VP of Financial Education, AJ Smith.

Gutierrez said there’s an outcry from the cyclist community for more bike lanes, but the best way to voice concerns is via the YMPO website.

That way, the city can identify areas that need bike paths and lanes.




Lane restrictions scheduled on US 95

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Lane restrictions scheduled on US 95 in Yuma beginning June 24

Drivers should allow extra travel time and plan for possible delays

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for lane restrictions on US 95 in Yuma.

Contractors are scheduled to pave between Dome Valley Road (milepost 36) and Adair Road (milepost 40).

The following restrictions will occur from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28.

  • US 95 will be narrowed to one lane between Dome Valley and Adair roads.
  • Flaggers will direct motorists through the work zone.
  • A 12-foot vehicle width restriction will be in place.

Motorists should allow extra travel time and plan for possible delays while work is underway.




Drivers: Do you know what to do when confronted with a dust storm?

Best advice: Don’t drive into a dust storm
PHOENIX – Are you ready, Arizona? Monsoon season is back.

While the exact moment of when the first massive wall of dust will rise up from the desert floor isn’t known, we do know this: It’s coming.

With June 9-14 officially proclaimed Monsoon Awareness Week by Governor Doug Ducey, now is the perfect time to brush up on the actions drivers can take to stay safest when confronted with blowing dust.

The No. 1 thing motorists can do to stay out of harm’s way? Do. Not. Drive. Into. A. Dust. Storm.

That’s a really bad idea. Visibility can drop to zero and turn pitch black, meaning you’re driving blind and so is anyone else on the road with you. But maybe you’re curious and wonder, “Just how dark and dangerous could it be?” Well, we’ve got the answers. This video shows how quickly visibility is reduced to nearly nothing after driving into a dust storm.  And this video shows the aftermath of a 19-vehicle collision that occurred in 2013 in dust storm on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak that resulted in three fatalities and a dozen injured people.

OK, so now you’re convinced to not make the decision to drive into the towering wall of dust. But what if a dust channel whips across the highway in front of you, engulfing your vehicle in a swirling sandstorm? Remember these words: Pull Aside, Stay Alive.

ADOT has developed the following “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” dust storm safety driving tips, which can help motorists survive a blowing dust event.

  • If you encounter a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway – do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
  • Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane. Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights. You do not want other vehicles, approaching from behind, to use your lights as a guide and possibly crash into your parked vehicle.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seat belt buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.

More information on dust storm safety can be found at and safety tips for driving in rainstorms can be found at


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