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Red Rock Crossing Highway and Bridge to Sedona

Sedona AZ (September 3, 2018) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

The Red Rock Crossing?

Village of Oak Creek Photo by Bill Kusner

Recently, people have been working very hard behind the scenes, trying to find a new way to look at an “emotional” subject. They want to look at it “scientifically.” OK, scientifically, Red Rock Crossing is an extremely environmentally sensitive area.

Who are these people working very hard behind the scenes?

  • City of Sedona
  • County Supervisor Randy Garrison
  • Yavapai County
  • ADOT
  • Keep Sedona Moving – A couple of guys from the Village, not sure? They have an email, no website, no information on who they are. They have been showing up at local meetings with Supervisor Garrison. That is pretty impressive.

They are approaching the city of Sedona’s self inflicted major traffic problem from the Big Park, Red Rock loop side and the city of Sedona is so interested in having us participate they are paying for the stamps to send a survey to our residents in unincorporated Yavapai County to include Big Park, a designated place that includes Little Park, the Village of Oak Creek, Lee Mountain, etc. and Red Rock loop area. The survey is slated for October.

I am not sure who is designing this survey which can tend (to) be slanted towards a desired outcome, hopefully not the Red Rock News and hopefully not Big Park Regional Coordinating Council.

Sedona Scenic Highway 179 winds through dramatic red rock vistas. The city of Sedona is looking to Yavapai County and the Village of Oak Creek to handle the extra traffic generated by the city of Sedona and its Chamber of Commerce advertising program by destroying some of Big Park’s and Village of Oak Creek red rock vistas to build a highway off SR 179 through its neighborhoods and across environmentally fragile Red Rock Crossing to Red Rock Loop.

Wait a minute, hold on, we do not have a traffic problem here in Big Park except the backed up 179 going to the City of Sedona. The traffic source is the “Y” and a pedestrian crossing so people can enjoy Tlaq North.

Here is the kicker, if the bridge goes in from a scientific angle, Supervisor Garrison has already said we can’t expect all of unincorporated Yavapai County to foot the bill, so we have to decide how we would pay for it?

Why would Big Park and Red Rock loop be expected to foot a dime of the cost? Come back and talk when you have a grant in hand. Big Park does not have a traffic problem.

There is bridge back in that area, but only the chosen are allowed to use it. The Fire Department has been granted passage and now school buses.

This proposed alternate route crossing will divert the city of Sedona’s traffic problem into our neighborhoods. There is no gain for outlying communities. There will just be traffic traveling to the city of Sedona and out.

As far as the hospital angle, the residents of Big Park have a better chance of survival going right to Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood – rather than making a pit stop in Sedona at a cost of about $1000.00 – only then to be sent to Cottonwood anyway.

Why should we run a major traffic vein through our uncrowded neighborhoods to accommodate the reckless development and greed of the City of Sedona? Am I missing something?

Sedona has so many people marching through their trails that are killing the tree roots as well as destroying the sides of the roads to park anywhere. This will happen on Verde Valley School Road and Red Rock loop area. I do not want to be part of Sedona or live with your traffic.

The city of Sedona has many options for the alternate route they need on their own turf. Sleep in the bed you have made. The city needs to stay within their boundaries and create their own alternate route. This is the task of Sedona in Motion.

Plan to keep them out of our neighborhoods. We have our own traffic problems on the horizon.

Protect our neighborhoods, protect the Red Rock Crossing. SAY NO.


A Concerned Citizen living in Unincorporated Yavapai County by choice.

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  1. Hank Kellin, Flagstaff says:

    September 4 last day. Take time to express your opinion.


  2. Land Grabs and Giveaways says:

    City of Sedona encroaching into neighboring communities. Land grabs with the blessing of the Yavapai County Supervisor Garrison.

    Talk about a slanted survey. Beware residents of Big Park and Red Rock Loop if it looks like the following transit survey.

    You are being asked your opinion of how things WILL be done.


  3. Bobbi says:

    First question in surveys should be do you or don’t you believe ………………. and if you say no then you should be thanked and the survey ends. That’s how legitimate survey companies work.

    Those that keep asking the same question over and over like the Transit for Sedona survey are fake. They will take one of your ‘what if” answers and say you area for the busses and transit system.


    Big Park Council does not represent Big Park in a true sense of the word represent. This group consists of voting entities of 3 ppl or 5 ppl, non ACC registered homeowners associations, lodging groups that do not exist and they are designing the survey? Beware.
    They are no representing the community.
    They are representing self interests of a small group.
    Since 2007.
    Get involved before that survey comes out.
    Say No.

    Now Supervisor Garrison is trying to find out what we want when it has always been very clear that we did not want Red Rock Crossing and we did not want more hotels or timeshare. We are looking at 35 million dollars that he does not want the unincorporated County to pay for. Just us in a taxing district which runs with almost no oversight once it is formed.

    Write to your supervisor Garrison who just allowed a 50 ft tall view obliterating hotel in a small intersection with NO CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT prior to approval. Ignored the Vision statement. Left the residents OUT.
    That decision made $200,000 in room fees for the County. We can share that though. The money leaves us but not the cost of building a road.

    Thanks, Supervisor Garrison, for a closer look at your priorities and intentions with Big Park. I have a feeling you are going to lose a lot of voters here.

    How a bout focusing on an urgent care?

  5. Circular Traffic Flow Works. says:

    I said this 12-years ago, and it is truer today! The time is NOW for a bridge, in the name of safety, at RRC!

    NIMBYs come second.

    Traffic flow is like a water system. Circular water (and traffic) flows are much more efficient than ‘dead-end’ systems. Get over yourselves. The greater good – comes first! The time is now. Build the bridge!

    Then you have a giant circular traffic flow, instead of a criss-cross system, with no looped system. Now, lose the roundabouts too, just like I warned in 2007, as well.

  6. Jim, Cottonwood says:

    Circular water flows ARE like roundabouts. Thanks for making the case for roundabouts. Screw you writing about a bridge making sense comment because it doesn’t, never has and never will. I’m a traffic engineer & you’re not. Who’re you to make a case for roads? What’s your background? You sound like a Sedona city jerkoff not a Sedona lover and no wonder your damn city earns the title for AZ #1 Hack a Whack A Do town.

  7. Travis says:

    VOC hates Sedona and rightly should.

  8. @Jim in cottonwood says:

    Oh jim your a traffic engineer!!???
    Well I’m a brain surgeon!!!

    Worry about your own town ok Jim

  9. Steve segner says:

    sedona has no plans, no will and , no money, to work on a red rock crossing project. Some people just wanna fight about something, go to the meetings here what’s actually In the plans, round a bouts about will stay in were mandated by the state.
    Good evening

    I know many of you but for those I haven’t met yet, I am the Citizen Engagement Coordinator with the City of Sedona. You are all part of our stakeholders group for the Sedona Transit Plan Project, and will be talking with our consultants on this project, LSC Transportation Consultants next week, which you’ve already been informed of. We wanted to also make sure you knew about the Open House we’re having for the public on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm in the Vultee Conference Room here at City Hall. This will be a drop-in listening session — an opportunity for interested community members to talk with project team members about their views on the need for and objectives of public transportation within the greater Sedona area.

    If you could share this Open House information with your networks, that would be great – see the announcement below. We look forward to hearing your input next week in your in-person or phone meetings, and thank you for being involved in such an important project.
    You are invited to provide input to the Greater Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Transit Plan
    The City of Sedona would like to invite the public to a drop-in open house on Wednesday, September 12, from 4-6 PM at the City of Sedona City Hall, Vultee Conference Room.

    This study is examining the need for and feasibility of transit service in the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon area. It will result in an implementation plan for a public transit service to connect Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon and the Village of Oak Creek. The Study area includes the City of Sedona, and the 179/89A corridor from the Red Rock Ranger Station to the overlook at the north end of Oak Creek Canyon. While the primary focus of the service is visitors, the needs of local residents are also considered.

    Drop in anytime during the open house to speak directly with the consulting team members about your views on the need for and objectives of public transit service in this area.

    Residents are also encouraged to take a brief e-survey to provide input to the transit plan. The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

    These are the first of several opportunities for public input to the project. There is also an an e-survey of businesses and a more formal public workshop once some preliminary recommendations have been developed.

    Lauren Browne
    Citizen Engagement Coordinator
    City of Sedona
    O: 928-203-5068
    C: 928-821-6958

    Sedona City Hall is open for business Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Fridays. The Wastewater system maintenance remain on a Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule. Police and maintenance services are not impacted.

  10. Stay away says:

    Many of us have left the wacko city of Sedona to outlining areas. We don’t need your BS in the Village, red Rock Crossing. STAY OUT.
    You screw up enough.


    So no bridge, just busses?

    This study is examining the need for and feasibility of transit service in the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon area. It will result in an implementation plan for a public transit service to connect Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon and the Village of Oak Creek. The Study area includes the City of Sedona, and the 179/89A corridor from the Red Rock Ranger Station to the overlook at the north end of Oak Creek Canyon. While the primary focus of the service is visitors, the needs of local residents are also considered.

    What we need is for you to worry about what happens within the boundaries of your city, Stay out of the canyon and out of Big Park. Stop coloring out of the lines. You have enough problems.

  12. Helena VOCA says:

    @Steve Segner stay out of our area. In fact it amazes me how by your own words Sedona City Hall allows you to control that incorporated area, including the city’s purse strings, when you yourself live in Oak Creek Canyon.

    Hopefully the State Attorney General will bust the buzzards including all of the individuals who have received benefits from the questionable city/chamber business agreement (contract) since when? 2013? (or before?)

    You may get away with controlling incorporated Sedona but that doesn’t give you license to dictate to us outside the disgrace you’ve turned it into.

    Get lost Segner.

  13. Carl says:

    Why didn’t we receive Lauren Browne email? Why weren’t copies of her email sent to HOAs, posted in stores and hotel/motel/B&B lobbies? Why weren’t copies stacked on the local grocers checkouts to hand out? Why weren’t they at the Library? Why weren’t they??

    Village looked ONE bus to take workers from Hilton up to Sedona then to Cottonwood and there wasn’t ANY interest by workers to take the bus and the idea was dropped. Hilton even thought about buying a big van but nobody wanted to be on it.

    Any form of public transport is unpopular in Sedona and Arizona. Even Phoenix can’t get people or students to ride. Government handouts usually lead to taxpayers dealing with their bankruptcies and repairs and maintenance stupidity. Go away and keep your half baked public transportation ideas. They won’t and don’t work.

    I challenge the entire Sedona City Council and staff government workers to forego using their cars after reporting to work one month. Leave your cars parked and use the Sedona trolley and busses. See how you like the heat and inconvenience of waiting.
    HEAT and INCONVENIENCE. How’s your day going to be then?

    VOC doesn’t need you. We’ve got it better because we don’t have your traffic problems. We don’t want to accept your traffic problems. You can fix your traffic problem by not advertising, greedy business community. Time for the Republicans to stand up and take back control of Sedona from the Democrats that have run her serenity and beauty into the ground these past two councils.

  14. Joe Torre says:

    (Deleted by editor)
    Funny stuff

  15. Lonnie says:

    No bridge and no Sedona council in Village and if Randy Garrison doesn’t become vocal about his opposition to Village growth by proxie of those developers then I’m not going to vote for him.

  16. Arla says:

    My favorite store owner gets very upset & hates T Wrecks North (Tlaquepaque north), that’s a local name for it here. Personally I don’t want a bridge to where I live because I like the Village like it is and the trip is not a problem for any I talk to even in traffic. We hate the people coming up for a day, they’re not our type of people and litter and can’t flush toilets or wash hands or keep trails clean and a lot are rude and steal. Haven’t seen stealing until the past two years become a problem even with same amount of sales! Ask the police about the kind of people they’re seeing drive in here now from down in the valley!

  17. Nancy says:

    we feel your pain

  18. haters says:

    You “close the gate” folks are outnumbered by at least 2:1. Surrender.

  19. Herb says:

    had a good laugh

    read Sedona community page that thought red rock snooze article about AG was new news

    give me a free subscription editor because I showed them it had been discussed here for months and you’ve got 6 new readers

    keep up good work

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