In summer of 2010, the project team presented information to the Town of Florence at a July Town Council meeting. The team then mailed a survey with a detachable postage-prepaid comment card to approximately 1,100 people living near the intersection of SR 79 and 79B.
Seventy-two completed surveys were returned. The project team analyzed the survey data and included it in a summary report. A wide range of comments that were received identified concerns for safety needs at the intersection. Seventy-six percent (76%) of the respondents expressed their concerns for safety at the current condition of the intersection, and most agreed the intersection should be improved.
ADOT and the Town of Florence are now evaluating the possibility of eliminating the traffic crossing at the SR 79 and 79B intersection altogether and rerouting traffic to Florence Heights Drive. A two-week traffic study that will temporarily close the intersection is scheduled February 1 – 15, 2012. See map for more details.