Sundog Connector Information
Design Concept Report (DCR) and Environmental Overview (EO) Project News
This page will be updated with information regarding the Sundog Connector Corridor. Any new studies, news, meeting plans, or other information will be posted here.
Page Updated August 15, 2022 (Newsletter Issue #3)
CYMPO Project Manager: Lindsay Post, Transportation Planner
AECOM (Consulting Partner) Project Manager: Matt Bondy
Public Interactive Open House
All are Welcome!
Wednesday, September 7, 4:00-6:00 PM
At Espire Sports in Prescott Gateway Mall
3400 Gateway Blvd, Prescott, AZ 86303
(Formerly the Sears store—direct entrance from SE parking lot near the corner of Lee Blvd. and Gateway Blvd.)
Drop in anytime and stay as long as you like to:
- Learn more about the project’s history and why it’s included in the regional plan
- Explore the project’s purpose and need — share ideas on how to address these issues
- Share your thoughts on design elements that could be included if the project is constructed to help us best reflect the community’s needs
During our second public outreach event scheduled for February 2023, we will present the design alternatives for public consideration and comment.
Frequently Asked Questions and Commonly Heard Concerns
Is The Sundog Connector Going to be built as soon as the DCR is complete?
No commitment to construct the Sundog Connector has been made beyond this DCR project. No funds have been identified for construction.
What will the speed be and what will the road look like?
The 18-month design concept report will help determine the characteristics of the road including capacity, speed, and roadway features.
So why is CYMPO conducting a DCR now?
This project is identified as a priority project in our Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and is based on the 2013 Sundog Connector Corridor Study conducted by the City of Prescott. During our 2021 strategic planning retreat with our Executive Board (made up of elected officials from the Quad-Cities and County) and Technical Advisory Committee, this project was chosen as a priority to study further. To help the decision makers evaluate next steps in our region, this DCR is running in tandem with the SR69 Master Corridor Plan scheduled to kick-off this fall.
How can I make sure my questions and concerns are addressed? Does my input even matter?
All meetings are open public meetings and project information and updates can be found on this page. You can also participate in the two Public Outreach meetings scheduled during the 18-month project. Your input is extremely valuable in helping us understand community need, concerns, questions, and ideas and in developing the concept of the design.
SUNDOG CONNECTOR CORRIDOR STUDY
In 2013, the City of Prescott and ADOT conducted the Sundog Connector Corridor Study (26MB, 216 page PDF). This project follows up that study by preparing a conceptual design for further consideration.
On May 10th our project’s Technical Advisory Team and chosen consultant, AECOM, met to kickoff this project and identify critical community stakeholders.
Stakeholders identified for this project include representatives from HOAs, local planning agencies, community and affinity interest groups, emergency response, and area businesses.
Sundog Connector Stakeholder Meeting #1 – June 3rd, 2022
Sundog Connector Kick-Off Meeting – May 10, 2022
Why We Engage Stakeholders in Our Planning Process
Stakeholders are a wealth of knowledge about current processes, historical information, and industry insight.
Reduce and Uncover Risks and Challenges
Identifying obstacles and developing a mitigation plan will dramatically increase the success of our project. Involving knowledgeable stakeholders during this process will help.
Increase Project Success
Getting buy-in by engaging stakeholders early and often, we have a better chance of meeting needs and expectations of the design concept.
Two Ends Constructed:
- Year 2000 – at E SR 69 near Home Depot
- Year 2010 – at Prescott Lakes Parkway
Study Area: 3.5 total miles
Q: What is a Design Concept Report?
A: A DCR records the design concepts for major aspects of the project that might be worth developing as detailed designs. This DCR will take place over the next 18 months.
What is the Project Team working on Now?
Existing & Future Conditions Analysis:
- Data for Traffic, population, and employment
- Pavement and Geotechnical Needs
- Drainage and wash crossings
- Research Right-of-Way
- Summarize known environmental issues and potential risks
- Evaluate environmental components such as biological and natural resources, cultural resources, wildlife/ecosystem impacts
Identify Purpose and Need:
- Solicit Public Input to help inform:
- Recommended Intersection Locations
- Multimodal considerations (bike, pedestrian, equestrian, public transit, etc.)
- Roadway features and accessibility
- Evaluation and Identification of a preferred Build Alternative
Stakeholders and the public are different subsets and require different communication strategies. To help engage and educate the public, CYMPO and AECOM will hold two public meetings and provide frequent information and updates through various means including social media, direct mail, this newsletter and more. Stay Tuned!
The following is a tentative timeline for the Sundog Corridor. Any updates to this timeline will be posted here. UPDATED August 16, 2022.