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3/18/2014 6:00:00 AM
ADOT lays out road plan for Kingman area
Spending focuses on maintaining, not building
These are the pricier preservation projects slated for the Kingman District in the state’s tentative 2015-2019 five-year capital improvement plan. (See map legend for project details.)
These are the pricier preservation projects slated for the Kingman District in the state’s tentative 2015-2019 five-year capital improvement plan. (See map legend for project details.)
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Higher priced projects slated for the Kingman District in the state's tentative 2015-2019 five-year capital improvement plan:

1. Boulder/Chemehuevi/Illavar Wash bridge eastbound - bridge rehabilitation, $6 million, 2016.

2. Holy Moses Wash bridges eastbound and westbound - bridge deck replacement, $2.5 million, 2017.

3. Willow Creek bridges - replace and rehabilitate four bridges, $6.5 million, 2016.

4. I-40 from U.S. 93 to Silver Springs Road - grind and replace road topping for eight miles, $6 million, 2015.

5. I-40 from Willow traffic interchange to Markham Wash - grind and replace road topping for 22 miles, $18 million, 2015.

6. U.S. 93 from mile post 17.5 to White Hills Road - grind and replace road topping for 11 miles, $9.8 million, 2018.

7. U.S. 93 from Willow Beach Road to White Hills Road - widen road shoulder southbound, $7.5 million, 2017 (first phase).

8. Highway 68 at milepost 19.8 - install westbound turn lanes at Teddy Roosevelt, Verde and Marana roads, $1.5 million, 2016.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - If the state's tentative 2015-2019 five-year capital improvement program for highways, bridges, transit and aviation is approved this summer, the Kingman District will see some major changes on I-40, U.S. 93 and State Road 68.

But the proposed improvements on the roadways and bridges will only be repair work to keep them functional and safe. No new building or expansion projects are slated for the upcoming five-year period.

The tentative program, which is currently receiving public comment through June, calls for $123 million to be spent on road and bridge preservation projects in the Kingman District over five years. Another $12.7 million is earmarked for Kingman Regional Airport on runway and taxiway paving, acquiring easements and other improvements.

No expansion

"We've always had a preservation component in our five-year programs, with paving and bridgework each year for the past 10 years, and that will continue," said Michael Kondelis, district engineer for the Arizona Department of Transportation Kingman District. "The difference is we won't have any expansion projects in the new five-year program."

The tentative program's focus will be on preserving existing infrastructure to keep it in good shape. ADOT must prioritize its projects this time because of stagnant revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes and from decreased federal funding, all of which support the program.

Last year, ADOT had to cut $350 million from the 2014-2018 five-year plan because of substantially decreased revenue dedicated to transportation. No additional funding cuts are forecast for the 2015-2019 plan, but overall state and federal transportation funding continues to be flat.

The 2015-2019 five-year program includes a 3 percent increase in preservation spending over the 2014-2018 plan, with a steady increase in preservation funding over the next 10 years. Preserving the system means protecting the state's investment of $18.4 billion, which is the estimated value of the state highway system.

Wise spending

"We don't have to cut now, but we're still in the process of the last cuts and are still feeling the effects of them," said Laura Douglas, ADOT spokeswomen from the Phoenix headquarters. "We're choosing to spend our limited funds wisely to maintain our existing structures. We want to keep up what we already have throughout the state."

The Kingman District is currently working on two projects from the 2014-2018 five-year program. The first is the Antelope Wash expansion project, located about 10 miles south of I-40, which consists of turning U.S. 93 into a four-lane highway for two miles. The $20 million project just began and will be completed by May 2015.

The second project runs along I-40 from Rattlesnake Wash to U.S. 93 and consists of "milling and filling" pavement for 15 miles to get rid of bumps and holes in the well-used highway. Bids open this month for the $20 million project, which will begin construction in May and end this summer.

"It's going to be a busy couple of years here in the Kingman District," said Kondelis. "I'm happy with what is in this tentative program for us. We have a couple of important projects in it, especially with pavement preservation, so our needs are being met. We'd still like to do expansion on U.S. 93 - we have nine projects left to complete widening to four lanes between I-40 and Wickenburg. But those will come."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: Coming Forth Abundantly

"ADOT must prioritize projects this time because of stagnant ..." "We're choosing to spend our limited funds wisely ..."' --- WHAT? You mean they haven't been routinely prioritizing projects and wisely choosing to spend OUR limited funds wisely all along? What kind of public agency is it? Apparently not a good steward of taxpayers money! NOT prioritizing projects tells me they believe they have (or had) an endless supply of funds coming in from us saps and need not concern themselves with getting the most out of our taxes.

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Article comment by: Joe Schmo

@ Sante Fe Jay:

There are plans this summer to begin resurfacing I-40 between Highway 93 and Rattlesnake Wash. It should be done by this fall.

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Article comment by: Dynamo Dynamic

I drive to the Prescott VA often which means I take the I-40. For a major freeway this highway sucks. The road has major ruts, chipping asphalt that flies and hits windshield.
Many times where one lane is somewhat better than the other truckers hangout on that lane. Even cars will stay in fast lane when passing vehicles use the slow lane because of the condition of highways. Our representatives should drive this highway to know what I am talking about.

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Article comment by: Sante Fe Jay


1.) Still no talk of on and off ramps on the 40, (both east and west bound) in the east part of town near the hospital (tie in with Louise and Prospector) . Do you know how much traffic would be relieved on Stockton Hill if access to the 40 would be provided on the east end?

2.) I drive the 40 between Kingman and Seligman several times a year.....the section that needs resurfacing the most is between DW Ranch and the 93 !!!! Does anyone from ADOT actually drive these roads?

3.) Seven million plus to widen the shoulder of the 93 between White Hills and Willow Beach??? How about make a few (cheaper) turnouts instead of widening the whole shoulder? The money saved could be applied to #2

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