ADOT board in Globe on Friday

The board of directors of the Arizona Department of Transportation will be in Globe on Friday, June 17, where they are expected to take final action on the on a new Fiscal Year 2019 to 2023 Five-Year Transportation Facilities Statewide Construction Plan.

The session begins 9 a.m. this Friday in the Globe City Council Chambers at 150 N. Pine St. The meeting is open to the public and public comments are invited.

The meeting agenda calls for ADOT staff reviewing the 5-year construction plan in discussions with the board of directors before final approval is given.

This new plan calls for the Department of Transportation to spend $260 million each year for the preservation of bridges and highways in the state. In addition, ADOT has proposed spending $320 million yearly in years six to 10 as part of a recently adopted long-range statewide transportation plan.

Friday’s meeting agenda provides for a call to the public, where those in attendance have the opportunity to discuss items of interest with the ADOT board members. Discussions from members of the public are limited to three minutes. Requests for comment must be submitted in writing prior to the meeting.

The Arizona Silver Belt reported recently the Arizona State Department of Transportation was expected this month to begin advertising for construction bids to build a new Pinto Creek Bridge on U.S. 60 west of Miami. Engineering estimates the new bridge would cost about $25.5 million. Construction of the new bridge, near the location of the existing bridge, is expected to begin in October subject to contract approval by the ADOT board.

The project is expected to take about 18 months to complete. The old bridge would be used throughout the construction process and would be removed once the new bridge is complete.

Members of the ADOT board expected to be in attendance are Chairman William Cuthbertson and Vice Chairman Jack W. Sellers, along with board members Michael S. Hammond, Jesse Thompson, Sam Elters, Gary Knight and Steven E. Stratton (Globe).

Ted Lake can be reached at [email protected].

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