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15

Jan

Town of Wellton Celebrates Multi-Use Pathway

On January 14, 2020 at approximately 11:15 A.M, the Stage was set for the Ribbon Ceremony of the Completion of the Coyote Wash Multi-Use, Pathway Bridge. A dream that the Town envisioned to upgrade the communities transportation options for alternative modes of travel. Left to Right: Charles Gutierrez (Senior Planning Manager, YMPO), Paul D. Ward (Executive Director, YMPO), Cecilia McCollough (Mayor, Town of Wellton), Joseph Grant (Public Works Director, Town of Wellton), Kenneth Baughman (Council member, Town of Wellton), Larry Killman (Town Manager, Wellton), Jonathan Fell (ADOT Engineer)

 

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10

Dec

ROBERT A. VAUGHAN EXPRESSWAY (RAVE) CEREMONY

You are Invited

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) are celebrating the dedication of State Route (SR) 195 Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:30 A.M.

The renaming ceremony s in honor of the late Robert A. Vaughan, P.E., the first Executive Director of the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO), who served from 1983 to 1998, and who was directly involved for several years in planning the currently titled State Route 195 (also known as the Area Service Highway or ASH). Bob was instrumental in obtaining the federal, state, and local funding for its implementation.

The roadway was formally renamed by the Arizona State Board on Geographic and State Names at their meeting on July 23, 2019. The segment of the roadway concerned is from Yuma County Avenue E and runs east and then north to Interstate 8 for approximately 20 miles.

Please join us for the dedication ceremony at the

City of San Luis, City Hall at 1090 East Union Street
San Luis, Arizona 85349

Please contact Paul Ward, YMPO or Paul Patane, ADOT for further information:
Paul Ward – (928) 783-8911
Paul Patane – (928) 317-2110

 

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20

Nov

Ramp closure and lane restrictions scheduled

Ramp closure and lane restrictions scheduled near Interstate 8 through Nov. 26

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for alternating lane closures on Old US 80 and a ramp closure on Interstate 8 near Dateland through Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Contractors are scheduled to repair guardrail.

Work is scheduled to occur from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 22, and then resume from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Monday, Nov. 25, and ending Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The following restrictions will be in place while work is underway:

  • One lane of traffic will remain open on Old US 80 between the Interstate 8 overpass and the Mohawk Rest Area (milepost 55) with flaggers to direct motorists through the work zone.
  • The eastbound I-8 on-ramp Exit 54 (Old US 80 and Avenue 52E to Mohawk Valley) will be closed on Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26.
  • A 12-foot vehicle width restriction will be in place.

Alternate I-8 off-ramps include using Exit 42 (Avenue 40E to Tacna) or Exit 67 (Avenue 64E to Dateland).

ADOT reminds motorists to plan for delays, proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

Learn more on the project webpage: https://azdot.gov/projects/southwest-district-projects/interstate-8-pavement-preservation-project-between-milepost-46

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 azdot.gov/contact and select Projects from the drop-down menu. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

 

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30

Oct

Lane restrictions scheduled on Interstate 8 near Yuma

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Lane restrictions scheduled on Interstate 8 near Yuma beginning Nov. 4

Drivers should expect delays and allow extra travel time

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for lane restrictions on Interstate 8 near Yuma beginning Monday, Nov. 4.

Maintenance crews are scheduled to apply oil-based sealant on the road. The work is part of multiple pavement preservation projects on highways across the state.

The following restrictions will occur near Yuma from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Nov. 4, and ending Thursday, Nov. 7.

  • I-8 will be narrowed to one lane in both directions between mileposts 20 and 29.
  • Motorists should anticipate a 5-mile lane restriction while crews progress through the work zone.
  • The speed limit will be reduced to 65 mph.

Learn more about pavement preservation projects in your area by visiting https://azdot.gov/projects/southwest-district-projects/pavement-preservation-projects.

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21

Oct

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

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25

Sep

Draft Air Quality Conformity

YMPO has conducted an  Air Quality Conformity Analysis with the PM-10 and Ozone (O3) Documentation for the 2018-2041 Regional Transportation Plan and the 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program

YMPO welcomes any comments for the Air Quality Conformity comments and/or questions pertaining to the Air Quality Conformity Documentation.

 

YMPO

AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY DOCUMENTATION

DRAFT – AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY DOCUMENTATION – SEPTEMBER 2019

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25

Sep

YMPO 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program Draft

The comment phase of the YMPO 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The YMPO TAC and Executive Board have approved the draft TIP. This is currently in the Draft Phase.

YMPO is currently in the Air Quality (AQ) Phase of the TIP Process. When all AQ documents are approved will the TIP be approved in its entirety.

YMPO DRAFT 2020 – 2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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11

Sep

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 azdot.gov/contact and select Projects from the drop-down menu. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

 

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1

Sep

YMPO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY

YMPO REGIONAL STRATEGIC TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PLAN UPDATE

YMPO BIKE/PEDESTRIAN STUDY AND DESIGN STANDARD

YMPO is proud to present the Regional Strategic Transportation Safety Plan Update and Bicycle/Pedestrian Study and Design Standards.

YMPO is in the Public Participation Outreach phase of each project. We are in need of your help in understanding Regional Safety issues with our roadway network and the Regional Bike and Pedestrian concerns.

Infrastructure, whether safety, bike, or pedestrian, connects households across metropolitan areas to higher quality opportunities for employment, healthcare, and education. The economy needs reliable infrastructure that benefits our public that use the multimodal infrastructure to traverse the region safely and efficiently, using different modes of transportation.

YMPO has some ways to participate in the Public Outreach for these projects.

Social Pinpoint:

YUMA MPO Interactive Comment Map

Covers both Safety Plan and Bike/Pedestrian Study

Surveys:

Safety Plan Update – Survey

Bike and Pedestrian Study and Design Standards – Survey

Contact:  Charles Gutierrez

Phone: 928-783-8911

Email: cgutierrez@ympo.org

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29

Jul

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.

History:

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.

For more information, press only:

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

Phone Number: (928) 783-8911

Email: pward@ympo.org

For more information on Product:

Website: https://ympo.org/

 

 

 

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