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10/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
More road work set for Kingman's busiest intersection

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The City Council agreed to amend its contract with Desert Construction on Tuesday night, paving the way for road improvement work to resume on Airway Avenue at Stockton Hill Road next to Walgreens.

The contractor completed much of the work this past summer, but had to stop while the city negotiated for a right of way with Walgreens and the California family that owns the land on which the store sits.

The city successfully completed negotiations about a month ago and the escrow for the right of way closed Sept. 13.

The city paid a total of about $163,800, which includes roughly $126,240 for the right of way and $37,500 to pay for a reconstructed drive-through canopy for the store's pharmacy customers, according to city documents.

City staff has negotiated with Desert Construction to complete the work at a cost "not to exceed" slightly more than $359,000.

Desert Construction will widen Airway Avenue and reconstruct pavement, curbs, lighting, signage and other items on the Walgreens site.

The total cost of the project is about $535,700, which is more than $120,000 over the budgeted amount, primarily due to the right of way issue, according to city documents.

When completed, the traffic flow at Kingman's busiest intersection should improve dramatically.

In other City Council news:

• The Rush Truck Center based in Phoenix submitted the low bid on a garbage truck for the Public Works Sanitation Department.

The truck features a Peterbilt chassis and Leach body and will cost the city almost $180,000 plus tax.

Inland Kenworth, also out of Phoenix, submitted the low bid on a garbage roll-off truck that features a Kenworth chassis and Spartan body for roughly $158,000.

A total of 12 bids were received for both trucks with costs ranging from the low bids submitted by Rush Truck Center and Inland Kenworth and highs of more than $200,000.

• The Dollar General Store located at 3665 Route 66 was granted a liquor license to sell beer and wine.

• The City Council will hold a special meeting from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 to discuss a capital improvement plan update.

The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Kingman Police Department.

• A flexible policy on who can use a short video promoting Kingman that was produced by the city's Economic Development and Marketing Commission and Tourism Director Joshua Noble was approved.

Essentially, city departments and private partners will be allowed to feature the video on their websites and for other purposes.

• The final Chillin' on Beale Street event of the year is Oct. 19. Co-promoters Ron Giesbrecht and Ralph Bowman thanked the City Council for its support of the downtown car show and block party that takes place during the warm months of the year.

• The City Council endorsed the Kingman Police Department's participation in a national campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault.

Start by Believing is focused on the public response to sexual assault.

Victims don't always notify law enforcement, but they will tell a friend or family member and knowing how to respond is critical, according to the group's website. A negative response can worsen the trauma a victim experiences while a positive response can start the healing process and help bring the perpetrator to justice.

According to Police Chief Robert DeVries, there were 16 rapes or attempted rapes reported in the city in 2012.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Daily Driver

I think the city should get a right of way from Smith's to make a right turn lane off of Stockton Hill Northbound to Airway Westbound. All the people turning right clog the lane for the people that want to go straight. They have a right turn lane for Stockton Hill Southbound to Airway Eastbound and that gets probably half as much traffic as the opposite corner does.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Too Hort

I wish the city would eradicate all the bushes along the sidewalk because it obstructs the view of traffic if one is driving a small car. People do drive small cars in this town, not just suvs or trucks.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Scott McCoy

I sure hope the city will eliminate the no right turn on red rule at this intersection once it is open.

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