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The first step at widening State Route 260 was only from Western Drive in Cottonwood to Thousand Trails Road when disputes arose between Cottonwood and Camp Verde over access to the highway. VVN/Raquel Hendrickson

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ADOT to hire consultants soon for 260 widening

Work continues to plan the long-anticipated four-lane upgrade of State Route 260 from Thousand Trails to Interstate 17. Construction is still scheduled for Fiscal Year 2016, but the design work continues.ADOT's project development coordinator (for the Prescott District), Randy Blake, says told the Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization Wednesday that the preliminary design is now completed to 30 percent.