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Sedona Y Roundabout temporary traffic changes planned

Sedona AZ – Drivers in the city of Sedona will soon notice temporary modifications to the Y roundabout at the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179. The changes will be put into effect during the week of May 4, 2020 while the Arizona Department of Transportation and city of Sedona work together to enhance safety and improve mobility through this highly trafficked area.

The following are the temporary modifications to northbound SR 179 as part of the SR 89A – SR 179 Roundabout Improvement project:

For northbound SR 179 drivers approaching the roundabout:

  • The right lane will become a right-turn only lane that will take motorists to uptown Sedona.
  • The left lane will allow drivers to make “through turning movements” from the roundabout – whether turning left toward west Sedona or continuing straight to hotel properties and nearby shops and restaurants.
  • As part of the temporary changes, ADOT crews will install additional signage to designate which travel lane drivers should use to get to their destinations from both SR 89A and SR 179.

The trial modifications will be in place through mid-summer 2020 to help state and city traffic engineers gauge the benefits of modifying turning movements for drivers on SR 179 and SR 89A. The results of this trial period will be used to assist in determining the possible permanent improvements to the roundabout.

Construction of the permanent modifications to the Y roundabout is not expected to begin until summer 2021.


  1. Jerrin says:

    Nothing you do will make the tourists any better in a roundabout.

  2. The Hatfield Family says:

    Be Safe in all of your travels !!!

  3. anti-Newspeak says:

    Better sane than “safe” any day of the week.

  4. Lance says:

    Where’d you go?! Everybody talking they missed you.

  5. Scott Savage says:

    The recent traffic pattern change at the “Y” is not working!! Throughout my three years as a permanent resident of W. Sedona, I have never seen the kind of traffic backups it’s causing. Nearly every Saturday since the pattern change, my drive home to W. Sedona from a VOC golf course has taken over an hour in what’s normally a twenty-minute drive. It’s been bumper-to-bumper from the Chapel Road roundabout on Hwy 179 North all the way to the Schnebly Road roundabout at Tlaquepaque and up to the “Y.” I have not witnessed any delays caused by road construction along 179 (not even the construction near Hillside Shopping Center since there’s no work conducted there on Saturdays) or the pedestrian crossing at Tlaquepaque. There are occasions during the drive that motorists sit for at least 10 minutes without moving.
    In addition to frustrated Sedona residents like myself, I expect it will negatively impact our tourist business from Phoenix and other points south of town. Last but not least, the idle and slow-moving vehicles are also causing considerable pollution in our beautiful town.

  6. Yvonne says:

    Thanks Scott for saying something. I hope people vote these city do-nothings out
    That only tax and spend on pet projects and people. The museum is worth more than others in town and they do it on their own dime.

  7. Robert O'Donnell says:

    I understand the attempt to improve traffic flow but agree it has made things even worse.
    First, I think for the most part putting in traffic circles in a mostly tourist town is just a disaster, visitors never seem to know who has the right of way and it backs things up even more. Secondly, blocking the right lane from going straight may be of some help but I want to suggest a slight change there. Currently the right lane in the traffic circle is completely blocked until the opening for south bound traffic on 89A. I think the right lane should be initially blocked but then it should be opened up to allow vehicles in the circle to move over sooner. The current design is an accident waiting to happen for those wanting to exit up the Hyatt exit or the post office. Many a time I have to go to the post office from West Sedona and am always worried someone will plow into me from 89A because I have little time to change lanes. If I could begin changing lanes before the 89A traffic enters the circle, it should be much safer.

  8. Barbara says:

    Our roundabouts are tourist traps.

  9. Gayle says:

    Ditto Barbara! The village too.

  10. AGAmerica says:

    Why does this city continue to build ugly garage and other structures imitating past poor city decisions like that godawful ugly concrete alien space ship shell in Barbara Antonsen park that ultimately fell down?

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