With the opening of the Mingus Extension in Cottonwood, police have stepped up patrols in the area for driver safety.
According to police officials, there have been at least two injury wrecks since its opening and several citations have been issued.
Police officials report that officers have witnessed several close calls at the intersection of Cornville Road and Arizona 89A and have issued citations for failure to yield oncoming traffic.
Police report that the main problem is failure to yield to oncoming traffic and drivers must be conditioned to use the center lane to continue onto Mingus and the left lane for Arizona 89A from Cornville Road.
Another trouble spot, police say, is on the Mingus Extension near 18th Street, entering Cottonwood where the speed limit drops to 25 mph.
Police report that officers on patrol are issuing warnings more than citations, trying to be proactive and to get motorists used to the change in speed limits.
Cottonwood police remind motorists to exercise caution at the intersection of Arizona 89A and Cornville Road. Traffic turning left from Cornville Road and the Mingus Extension must yield to oncoming traffic, as there are no left-turn arrows.
Police remind motorists that this intersection is a four-way intersection and drivers must yield to right-of-way traffic. In addition to safety issues, police remind drivers to obey the 25-mph speed limit between Main and 18th streets on the new Mingus extension.
— Dean Borgwardt