Project Notice: Proposed Low Water Crossing Replacements on the Tonto National Forest at Houston Mesa 2nd Crossing, Houston Mesa 3rd Crossing, and Tonto Village

Release Date: Feb 12, 2013  

The Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with the Tonto National Forest (Tonto), Gila County Arizona, and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) are proposing improvements to three Arizona Forest Highway locations in Gila County, Arizona. These locations are on Forest Highway 51 (FH 51) east of Payson, Arizona and on Forest Highway 52 (FH 52) north of Payson, Arizona. These locations are identified in the location map below.

Segment 1: Houston Mesa, 2nd Crossing – Reconstruction of Houston Mesa, 2nd Crossing will consist of erecting a two-span bridge, wall, minor roadway realignment, raising the profile grade, and graded ditches and is within a previously disturbed area. The existing Low Water Crossing (LWC) is undersized and unable to meet capacity for peak storm events, often causing road closures and will be removed.

Segment 2: Houston Mesa, 3rd Crossing – Reconstruction of Houston Mesa, 3rd Crossing consist of erecting a two-span bridge, roadway realignment, raising the profile grade, and graded ditches. The existing Low Water Crossing (LWC) is undersized and unable to meet capacity for peak storm events, often causing road closures. This LWC will be removed along with the roadway leading up to it.

Segment 3: Tonto Village – Reconstruction of Tonto Village LWC will consist of erecting a single-span bridge, roadway realignment, raising the profile grade, and graded ditches. The existing roadway will be obliterated and the existing LWC will be removed. The channel that will flow under the proposed bridge will be re-graded.

All three bridge locations will have bypasses constructed to allow public traffic to pass and minimize delays. The project is schedule to start construction in the Fall 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Coleen Brown, Environmental Biologist at coleen.brown@dot.gov or you may call 720-963-3691.

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