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On Wednesday, June 17, representatives from Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, and Public Works Department, along with the City of Cottonwood, Fann Construction, and the Prescott National Forest, met at the newly paved Ogden ranch Road for the official ribbon cutting. The opening of this roadway to the public is planned for June 26th.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Randy Garrison said, “Yavapai County is all about partnership, and this project is an ideal example of how the cooperative efforts of the Prescott National Forest, the City of Cottonwood and Yavapai County can come together and provide not only a positive enhancement for the residents in the foothills of Mingus Mountain, but a much safer and more efficient Highway 260 corridor.”
The Ogden Ranch Road project originated in the 2016 Verde Valley Master Transportation Plan as an identified improvement that would provide additional connectivity and access to the local residential areas. The project has been in the works since late 2018 and an intergovernmental agreement was reached between Yavapai County and the City of Cottonwood in September of 2019. Construction began in May of this year and included paving a portion of Odgen Ranch Road from Camino Real to SR 260 in Cottonwood, Arizona.
The improvements also included a bike lane, new signage/striping, and right of way fencing. The all-weather surface will improve multi-modal connectivity from the developments on Camino Real to SR 260. Once the project is complete, the City of Cottonwood will assume ongoing maintenance of this section of roadway.