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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Traffic shifts a milestone for SR 260 improvement project in Verde Valley

Three roundabouts also opening between Camp Verde and Cottonwood

Next week will bring another milestone for the State Route 260 widening project between Camp Verde and Cottonwood in the Verde Valley as the Arizona Department of Transportation switches traffic along two stretches to new eastbound lanes and opens three roundabouts.

The $62 million project covering 9 miles of SR 260 west of I-17 remains on schedule. By the end of the year, this stretch will be a divided four-lane highway with seven roundabouts at major intersections, increasing safety and capacity while handling traffic more efficiently.

On the evening of Monday, April 9, both directions of traffic will shift from the existing roadway to the new eastbound lanes between Wilshire and Horseshoe Bend roads. The roundabouts at those intersections will also open to traffic.

Between Horseshoe Bend and Cherry Creek roads, traffic will split, with westbound traffic using the existing roadway and eastbound traffic using the new eastbound lanes.

Access to side streets along this stretch of SR 260 will vary after the traffic switch. Streets like Doug’s Park Road and Dickinson Circle will be maintained after the switch has occurred. Park Verde Road, on the other hand, will be closed for a few months while crews work on the existing roadway in that area. Residents will be able to access the neighborhood via the new roundabout at Horseshoe Bend Road.

On Tuesday night, April 10, crews plan to open the new Cherry Creek Road roundabout to traffic and shut down the temporary traffic signal drivers have been using at Sharpshooter Way for the past few months.

On Wednesday night, April 11, crews will shift both directions of traffic to the new eastbound lanes between Cherry Creek Road and Roundabout 5, built to accommodate future development along SR 260.

Drivers should slow down in the work zone and watch for signs and changes in traffic flow.

For more information, please contact Mackenzie Kirby, ADOT Community Relations Project Manager at (928) 525-6494 or Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes.

To enhance safety and improve traffic flow in a growing area of the Verde Valley, the Arizona Department of Transportation is upgrading nine miles of State Route 260 to four-lane divided highway between Camp Verde and Cottonwood west of Interstate 17.

The $62 million project, which began in early March, will create seven roundabout intersections at Thousand Trails Road, Coury Drive, Cherry Creek Road, Horseshoe Bend Drive, Wilshire Road and two locations that will accommodate future development.

For more information visit, the project site at

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