Improvements to 20th Avenue in Safford under way

- Contributed Graphic/City of Safford

SAFFORD — Work has started on improvements to 20th Avenue in Safford thanks, in large part, to the state Senator who serves the Gila Valley.

The improvements to 20th Avenue, from Relation Street to Golf Course Road, were estimated at $4.4 million. But market conditions created a $1.3 million shortfall in the construction bid. Additional federal funds came in but the city was still facing a deficit.

“Our CIP estimated that at $532,100, but Sen. (David) Gowin actually got us another $500,000 on there. These funds were appropriated for this project,” said Public Works Director Lance Henrie.

Improvements include four travel lanes; a center left turn lane; storm drain improvements; curb, gutter and sidewalks on both sides of the street; and a new 12-inch water line and pressure reducing station to improve service to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center and surrounding area.

Work started this week and will continue into late 2022.