FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2022
Navajo County awarded $261,000 for Multimodal Transportation Study
Holbrook, AZ – Navajo County has been awarded a $261,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to conduct a multimodal transportation study on SR 260 between Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside. USDOT provides funding for ‘multimodal’ or ‘complete streets’ studies which incorporate different modes of transportation alongside traditional vehicle traffic. The 16-mile segment corridor between Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside was selected for the study due to the opportunity and existing need for safe alternative forms of transportation that include sidewalks, trails, bicycle lanes, and additional access to public transit. Completion of a multimodal study is a prerequisite to obtaining future grants for project construction.
“The White Mountain Regional Transportation Committee, led by Navajo County has prioritized the need for a pedestrian friendly transportation corridor that will enhance our quality of life by promoting a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environment,” explained Navajo County Chairwoman Dawnafe Whitesinger. “This grant is an incredible opportunity to create a comprehensive transportation plan to increase safety, alternative forms of travel, and economic opportunities in the south county.”
This is the first County-led project study of its kind and stakeholder partners include the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), City of Show Low, Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Northern Pioneer College, school districts, and senior centers. The study is expected to be completed in 18 months and will identify areas for improvement, determine adequate safety measures, and prepare pre-construction designs which include a feasibility study, environmental analysis, and preliminary engineering designs.
For more information:
Contact Bryan Layton
Assistant County Manager
Office: (928) 524-4152