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8/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
$1.3M later, orange cones are history on one Kingman road project
Bank Street work done; expect detours on Eastern

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Roadwork has vexed motorists in the Kingman area for the past several months, but the short-term frustration is about to pay dividends as one project is finished and two others are getting close.

After more than half a year of orange cones and detours, the $1.3 million Bank Street project is completed and open to the motoring public.

"Mohave County thanks residents, businesses and local motorists impacted by the Bank Street improvement work for their tremendous cooperation and understanding throughout construction," said Steve Latoski, Mohave County director of Public Works.

The county and the Arizona Department of Transportation partnered on the project, which was paid for with federal funds.

The newly expanded roadway was widened and drainage was improved, which will provide an "efficient and reliable" route, according to Latoski.

Meanwhile, the new eastbound bridge lanes on Interstate 40 over Eastern Avenue will open Wednesday, but the project is only half over.

At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, traffic will be shifted onto the new bridge so work can begin on the westbound lanes.

Eastern Avenue will be closed overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday for the next few weeks and motorists are advised to use the following detours: North of the interstate, use Airway Avenue to Andy Devine Avenue. South of the interstate, use Hualapai Mountain Road to Andy Devine Avenue.

Finally, the westbound lanes of Gordon Drive between Lomita Street and Shadow Road will be paved Monday and Tuesday starting at 7 a.m.

ADOT advises there is a potential for delays during the paving operation.

Also, a new traffic signal will be installed Wednesday and Thursday, which will prompt the closure of eastbound lanes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on any of these projects, email ADOT at or call the agency's Project Hotline at (855) 712-8530.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Donnae Ellis

I just had to pick up my high schooler the other day at the raging river on bank St. I waited in the parking lot across the street until I saw him and hung a U turn next to the curb on the other side.Why must our kids be subject to this??? Can't they put a road behind the school just for use on flood days? Some body's got to do something. But that's highly unlikely since my 30 year old daughter had to go through the same thing when she was a student there. Oh year, and the kids with their own cars thinks its funny to make a wave & soak everyone else.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: ed just ed

"drainage was improved" That's funny, unless by "improved" they mean kicked down Devlin to flood every yard on the south side of the street because they cant get the water that last 150 feet to the natural wash. they even put curbs in to block the water from getting to the catch basins on either side of the wash.

But hey, I guess if they did it right the first time they wouldn't be able to waste the tax money "fixing it" again every few years.

Look at Bank St. by the high school for example - A large portion of the water that floods Bank St. from I40 to the high school comes from the other side of Eastern - Yet they keep spending money blading the wash just north of the high school where the water is no longer an issue.

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: Matthew Pimentel

I agree with the other commenter's, being this is residential and there is a high school down bank and a elementary with plenty of kids of different ages walk home from school among other places, it would be a very smart idea to install side walks to prevent foot traffic and cycling traffic from falling victim to being hit by an automobile. Also a few street light's would help for this who have trouble seeing the road or street sign's at night, I myself have difficulty finding my street at night on either bank or northern even though northern has a street light on roosvelt, It hasent been turned on or fixed to turn on so I nearly always miss my turn off.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Why no Sidewalk

Bank street looks very nice great job. But with the amount of foot traffic on that portion of bank why would they not install a sidewalk on atleast one side.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Not complete

"the $1.3 million Bank Street project is completed"

Just rode my bike down there this morning. So why aren`t the sidewalks paved? Gravel is not a sidewalk.

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