Updated Nov. 27, 2018
Sedona residents were asked to invited to share design concepts for a median in Uptown Sedona via a survey link widely distributed through eNotify and social media. The ideas received will be shared with city council in January.
The city expects to have a final design for the full project by mid-February 2019, anticipates hiring a construction contractor in late April, and estimates an active construction period of May through October 2019. The city council has approved a median width of 4 feet; selected Jordan Road for a roundabout location and asked staff to speed work on coordinating traffic signal timing. An aerial topography flight and field surveys have been completed and data assembled on turning movements and traffic volumes. The city has also conducted a number of stakeholder and public meetings to gather input and share information, and the input process is ongoing.
About the project. This project seeks to improve the appearance and community feeling of Sedona's Uptown area through a combination of street, hardscape and landscape improvements designed to control traffic flow and remove a variety of causes of slow-downs. Facets of this project include:
- A decorative raised median to direct pedestrians to controlled crossings that also enhance the appearance of Uptown.
- Additional southbound SR89A travel lane through Uptown.
- Turnaround points at the north and south ends of Uptown.
- One-way access from 89A to free parking via Schnebly Road.
- Estimated cost is $3.6 million.
With no traffic, it takes seven minutes to travel from the Trout Farm to the Y. In severe congestion it takes 42 minutes. With this strategy, a severely congested trip would be reduced from 42 minutes to 15 minutes. The raised median reduces turning movement conflicts and uncontrolled pedestrian crossings. Roundabouts facilitate U-turns and serve to keep vehicles consistently moving at safe speeds.