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6/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Work at county's busiest intersection nears end
Ongoing right of way talks on Airway a possible stumbling block to completion
The reconstruction of Airway Avenue west of Stockton Hill Road and east of Western Avenue continues.JC AMBERLYN/Miner
The reconstruction of Airway Avenue west of Stockton Hill Road and east of Western Avenue continues.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The intersection of Stockton Hill Road and Airway Avenue is the busiest in Mohave County, and it's also where the most accidents occur.

In an effort to better manage traffic flow and reduce accidents - and headaches - for motorists, the City Council in its capital projects plan made improvements to the intersection a priority.

That work has begun on the west side of Stockton Hill and on Western Avenue between Sycamore Street and Airway Avenue.

The bulk of the work should be completed by the end of the month, according to Greg Henry, director of the city's Engineering Department.

"We understand that traffic bottlenecks when roadwork is going on, but when it's finished I think people will be pleased. It's really going to help," said Henry.

The one hiccup is a right of way the city needs at Walgreens. The city, said Henry, has been negotiating with Walgreens off and on for a couple of years and an agreement is close.

Henry said the negotiations have not been contentious, but complex, since Walgreens leases the property from a third party.

"It's an interesting situation," said Henry. "The Walgreens property is owned by a husband and wife from California."

Unfortunately, while most of the work will be done in a couple of weeks, more roadwork will be required once the city gets its right of way, said Henry.

All other property owners in the area have ceded rights of way to the city.

The roughly $1 million project involves widening Airway Avenue west of Stockton Hill Road from two to four lanes, plus a left turn lane.

Western Avenue between Sycamore Street and Airway Avenue will be widened from two lanes to three with curb and gutter.

According to studies, the average daily traffic on Stockton Hill Road north of Interstate 40 is more than 40,000.

"This will take a big load off of Stockton Hill Road," said Mayor John Salem on Wednesday when he addressed members of the Mohave Republican Forum. "The idea is to get people to use Western."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Why, Myopia

@ Joe Blow. This paper as well as the people who control Kingman have myopia, can't see past their own interests. Both BHC and LHC have busier intersections. But to the point of all of this ADOT study and traffic engineering stuff. Companies locate where there is traffic which causes more traffic and on and on. This will continue until the "powers" wake up and change traffic patterns away from SHR. Simple. Use Bus. I-40 for fastfood.

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Now What?

Now that the city has made it a bit easier to get to Western and Sycamore, now what? The traffic can turn left and go back to SH, so striaght to Beverly and left to SH or turn right and go down the windy and hilly roads to US-93. If the city would straighten and widen this route it would get a lot of traffic out of the SH area. A lot of people don't even know about it.

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

Not too many days ago I sat thru lights cycling w/o them realizing I was there trying to go east across Airway on my 550# scooter. It wasn't until a car came up behind me and I made sure it was over the sensor wire for our lane did our light finally turn green to let us pass thru the intersection. VERY FRUSTRATING ! I know that the sensors are adjustable for sensitivity based on the vehicle size over the sensor wire.

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Blow

I find it hard to believe this is Mohave County's busiest intersection. In Bullhead City, the junction of SR 68, SR163, SR95 and the Bullhead Parkway are all four lane highways with plenty of traffic coming from all directions 24-hours a day.

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Local Yokel

WTH. Didn't they just re-do that road a few years ago? And while I'm here, I don't understand the Mayor's logic. Why would anyone use a one block section of Western just because it is wide, and has new curbs and gutters? The only way this would make sense is if ALL of Western was re-vamped. But then Beverly would be even more swamped as cars would use it as access to Western. Sheesh. Just build a freeway ramp closer to Western and be done with all this nonsense. Maybe we need to investigate who owns this land needed for the interchange, because it obviously needs to be fast-tracked, and something is holding it back.

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