GANADO – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is pleased to announce the near-completion of a road improvement project for Arizona Route 264 in the area of Ganado.
“Thank you to all those who worked hard on this road improvement project and contributed to the progress here on the Navajo Nation,” President Begaye said. “The completion of this road will improve the quality of life for the community of Ganado and for those traveling throughout the area.”
The project covered more than nine miles and included resurfacing, as well as groundwork and widening of the road creating more room for shoulders, bus turnouts and turn lanes. It also included improvements and expansions for the Ganado Wash Bridge.
“The roads on the Navajo Nation and the narrow shoulders have been needing to be improved upon,” Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “I want to say thank you to the community for your patience with the delays over the past year.”
The majority of the construction work has been completed. In this final phase of the project, the construction team will finish installing signage and lay down seeding for proper vegetation to prevent erosion.
On Sept. 27, the Ganado Chapter hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the near-completion of the project. Among the attendees were Ganado Chapter President Vince R. James, Miss Navajo Nation Crystal Littleben, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd (Jeddito, Cornfields, Ganado, Kinlichee, Steamboat), and Navajo Nation Council Speaker Lorenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, T’iistoh Sikaad, Tse’ Daa’ Kaan, Upper Fruitland).
Delegate Shepherd expressed his appreciation for the completion of the project.
“This project improves the Navajo Nation, economic development, transportation for schools, and above all the safety,” he said. “As a former law enforcement officer, it was always an officer safety issue when we had to pull people over . . . without a shoulder.”
As Arizona Route 264 is a state route, the Arizona Department of Transportation took the lead on the road improvement project. The Tempe based company, FNF Construction Inc., won the construction bid and they employ many Navajos who make up a majority of the 50-plus construction team.
The project serves as a part of a larger effort to improve the infrastructure on the Navajo Nation, which is one of the four pillars of the Begaye-Nez administration.
“We look forward to completing more road projects soon,” President Begaye said. “Road improvements are much-needed across our Navajo Nation. We need improved routes for school buses, emergency personnel, public safety, commerce and for the everyday use of our People.”