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Road changes planned

August 11, 2018

An agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation for construction along Swanson Avenue will go before the Lake Havasu City Council next week for approval.

The construction, between Acoma Boulevard and Smoketree Avenue, would consist of a reduction in the asphalt’s overall width to provide for a new bike path and new 10-foot wide multi-use path. The roadway would still provide one east and one west travel lanes.

According to city documents, the agreement would require the city to match 5.7 percent of actual construction costs, which is estimated to be $111,234. The city’s community investment program budgets $111,235 for the project in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

City Manager Jess Knudson said the project has not yet gone to bid so it will likely need to be adjusted based on the actual bids received. If approved, construction is slated to begin this fall.

The measure is listed on the city’s consent agenda, which does not require a discussion. The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Police Facility.

Mychal Gorden, of Desert Land Group, which is part of the ownership team developing an independent senior living community on the corner of Swanson Avenue and Cypress Drive, said the project would be a nice addition to the area.

“Technically, it doesn’t have anything to do with us but at the same time it’ll obviously happen during our project, which, yes, is a good thing,” he said. “We’re excited because, as we’re making the investment and making that nice improvement on Swanson, the street improvements will be a nice addition to that.”

The Views at Lake Havasu is planned to be a four-story building with 92 units, among other amenities, for residents 55 years and older. Construction for the project began in January and is anticipated to be complete by March 2019, according to Gorden.

Now three stories tall, crews continue to work on the building’s framing stage, completion for which is anticipated for next month, said Gorden. Once the building is fully enclosed, crews will begin working on the interior of the building, he added.

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