I-17 may have periodic closures
Overnight travelers on I-17 in the McGuireville area should watch for periodic closures. ADOT crews are working on a project to reduce the potential for rockfall in a quarter mile section of northbound I-17 between Camp Verde and Flagstaff. Drivers using this route should plan ahead and allow extra travel time from 8 pm to 6 am every night starting this Sunday and running through next Friday. The project area is between Middle Verde Road and the Rimrock/Lake Montezuma/Cornville exit. Traffic heading towards Prescott on I-17 will be unaffected. From Sunday through April 29th, oversize loads will be required to detour around the project area overnight. The detour is Highway 260 to Cottonwood, Highway 89A to Sedona and Highway 179 to I-17.
Students: Join the Advisory Group called the Yavapai County Youth Council
Area students are invited to participate in an effort to help raise awareness about substance abuse risks. MATForce, Yavapai County’s substance abuse coalition is forming an advisory group known as the Yavapai County Youth Council. Students in 5th through 12th grades are eligible to participate. The Council will help with anti-substance abuse projects, media commercials and community events. Students can earn scholarships and receive service hours based on their participation. Interested students can visit matforce.org for more information and an online application, or they can call (928) 708-0100. Submittals must be received by May 15th.
A new bridge!
Residents and visitors in the Walker area have a new bridge to travel on. Construction was recently completed on the 2 lane Lynx Creek bridge on Walker Road. The former bridge was constructed in 1935 and although it was considered safe, Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith says they were able to get federal grant funding for this project. Smith says while the 83 foot long bridge is already being used, it will be officially dedicated. The new bridge is safer for emergency vehicles and the general traveling public.
Take the time to do your taxes right
If you still haven’t gotten your income taxes filed, you still have a few days to do so. Traditionally, Tax Day falls on April 15th. However, IRS spokesman Bill Brunson explains why that deadline has been extended. The signing of the Emancipation Act by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 is celebrated on or near April 16th. Even with the extra days, Brunson says last minute filers shouldn’t get in a hurry with their returns. Brunson adds those who are still searching for a tax preparer need to be careful. Brunson explains anyone who doesn’t think they’re going to meet the April 18th deadline can file for an extension. Free tax help is available at 434 West Gurley Street in Prescott from 9 am to 3 pm tomorrow and 5 to 8 Monday night. In Cottonwood, help is available at 736 Main Street from 9 am to 3 pm tomorrow.