A dangerous intersection four miles south of Parker will be repositioned. The junction of SR 95 and Burns Road will be relocated through a $1.75-million dollar grant from the federal government.
“We’re moving it a little further south and basically, the reason it’s being moved is because right now it comes out at the top of a rise on a bend,” said Rick Ench, a project manager and grant writer for the Colorado River Indian Tribe. “It’s terribly dangerous, so we’re moving it to a safer location where people coming on the road from either direction will see someone pulling out and the person pulling out will be able to see if it’s clear before they pull out.”
The grant money will also fund the paving of a 1.5-mile stretch of Burns Road leading west from the intersection. The bidding process is expected to stretch through the fall and winter.
“We’ll probably be breaking ground sometime in the February-March timeframe and it’ll probably be about a four month project,” Ench said. He said summertime completion is expected.
“The completed project will provide a paved and widened rural route through the reservation that will allow for safe pedestrian and bicycle travel as well as greatly improved motorized vehicle safety,” said Dustin Krugel, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Transportation. The agency award for the SR-95 -Burns Road project was part of $12.4-million in grants distributed for infrastructure improvements in Arizona.
“The additional federal funding for these nine projects will help to sustain and create jobs in our communities, and demonstrates our commitment to bring home Arizona’s fair share of federal transortation funds,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski.