ADOT takes action to address traffic management at Yarnell

Improved speed limit signage and crosswalk signage on US 89 entering the community of Yarnell are among the immediate actions taken by the Arizona Department of Transportation to address safety issues following the a recent fatal accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

“ADOT’s priority is to get everyone home safely,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “I and a number of ADOT engineers met with Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes to discuss how to better manage traffic and potential solutions to improve the safety of residents of Yarnell, other nearby communities, and drivers using this route. We look forward to a resourceful and collaborative process with area residents, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and other relevant stakeholders. »

As a first step, ADOT will add crosswalk signs with improved reflectivity that is more visible during night and day. The agency will also install new speed limit signs as drivers approach and enter Yarnell itself.

As it examines potential long-term improvements, ADOT will begin a road safety assessment. This is a comprehensive report based on a review by a multi-disciplinary road safety team, on-site data collection, crash data and other vital information that may suggest signage changes, scratches, geometry, traffic control or other safety improvements.

The timeline for the review may vary depending on the complexity of the recommendations, but is expected to be completed this fall. Additionally, information gathered from the Department of Public Safety’s ongoing investigation into the fatal crash may help inform potential steps that could be taken to improve safety.

In addition to the area in and around Yarnell, an assessment will also be made of road conditions in the nearby Peeples Valley.

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