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The Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) 2016-2020 Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program (TFCP) is available for public review and comment at the ADOT website:  The last of 3 public hearings will be conducted on May 15 in Chino Valley [Town of Chino Valley Council Chambers, 202 North State Route 89, Chino Valley, AZ 86323.]  The State Transportation Board will consider all public comments submitted by 5:00 pm, May 26, 2015, and will include those comments in the official record.

The 5-year TFCP details how ADOT intends to invest in future transportation projects. The program is updated each year for the subsequent five-year period. The State Transportation Board reviews and approves the program in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes §28-304.

The board is expected to adopt the final 2016-2020 5-year TFCP at the June 19, 2015, meeting in Pinetop Lakeside [Pinetop Lakeside Town Hall, 1360 N. Niels Hansen Ln., Lakeside, AZ 85929.]

Of particular interest to Gila County is the Lion Springs Canyon project. State Route 260 between Payson and Showlow has been improved to 4-lanes, except that section at the end of Star Valley that crosses over Lion Springs Canyon where the highway is reduced to 2 lanes.  County officials are encouraging residents and visitors to express their support for completion of the Hwy 260 widening which would eliminate the bottleneck at this section.

Interested persons can read the TFCP in its entirety at the ADOT website, as well as view a helpful guide to better understand how to read the TFCP.  The plan, guide and a link to the comments page are grouped together and easily located on the website.


ith a population of 53,500 residents and covering 4,796 square miles, Gila County has always been a great place to live, work and play.  Gila County is in Central Arizona and contains the Tonto Apache Reservation and parts of the Fort Apache and San Carlos Reservations. The county was formed in 1881 from parts of Maricopa and Pinal Counties, and later added the northern portion of the county from Yavapai County.  Cities and Towns in Gila County include Globe, Hayden, Miami, Payson, Star Valley and Winkelman, along with a large number of rural unincorporated communities.  Gila County is located on the northeastern edge of the Sonoran Desert, and covers a wide variety of life zones, including desert, high desert plains, chaparral, pinon-juniper and pine forests.  There are a number of popular recreation areas in Gila County, including Roosevelt Lake, Tonto National Monument, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, and Fossil Creek, along with several designated Wilderness Areas and popular camping areas within the Tonto National Forest.

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