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3/26/2014 6:00:00 AM
Speeds changing on some Mohave County roads

MOHAVE COUNTY - Some roads in Mohave County are getting new speed limits.

The posted speed limit of 25 mph on La Riqueza Road, which runs in an 8-mile stretch from Camp Mohave Road to El Rodeo Road, will increase to 35 mph, according to a resolution approved by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

The resolution also increases 30 mph speed limits to 35 mph on Vanderslice Road from Camp Mohave Road to Sterling Road.

The same goes for Mountain View Road from Joy Lane to Lipan Boulevard, though the resolution has a few more plans for Mountain View. Along the roughly one mile of Mountain View Road from El Rodeo Road to Aztec Road, Department of Public Works will install 30 mph speed limit signs, with 25 mph signs at intersections.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014
Article comment by: Frederick D Williams

I always understood that the speed limit on unpaved desert roads was 25 m.p.h. unless otherwise posted.

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: Arctic Dweller

The only way to avoid the effects of a washboard road is to stay below a certain speed, but that's impractical: you'd usually have to drive at 3 miles per hour (4.83 kilometers per hour) to eliminate the problem altogether.

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: Ft. Beale/ Anson Smith Road

The 25 MPH speed limit on Ft. Beal to Anson Smith Road is a complete joke and needs to raised to 35 MPH on Anson Smith Road on the east side of the hill and at 45 MPH on the flat stretch of Fort Beal Road! Crimony!

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: teresa fraga-rushing

How about raising the speed limit on Jagerson. Jagerson is like Bond and Bank which is 35.

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: Dynamo Dynamic

Move out of the"improvement district" if you like dust and waterhaul.

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"nothing to do with speed and braking"

Horse hocky...look up "washboarding" on any search engine.

"Washboarding is an instability that occurs when vehicles move above a critical speed..."

Regrading is a temporary fix only. If people continue to drive above that critical speed..the roadway will be affected.

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

To: "Dynamo Dynamic" Thanks for your support.

To: "Move To A City"

I've lived in desert rural areas for more than 20 years and have lived in the desert for more than 50 years. It is people like you who enjoy causing others problems who race up and down dirt roads, digging ruts and creating washboarding on the road.

To: "Jack a Lope"

You know nothing of what you speak. Call Steven P. Latoski, Public Works Director, Mohave County Public Works, and he will correct your 100% wrong opinion about what creates washboarding and what it does to vehicles.

Driving on a washboarded road is akin to having a giant impact wrench hamming on your car's suspension and body. Sooner than you think it will loosen every nut and bolt on your car and destroy your shocks (or struts) and springs.

You might also try going out to a dirt road and try breathing after a school bus goes by or even after some callous and uncaring drivers whiz by. Many people in this area have lung problems which are exacerbated by dust and valley fever, which is transmitted via the dust that is raised.

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: Move To a City

If you don't like living rural and dirt getting kicked up, I suggest you move back to whatever city you came from. next you will want street lights because it is too dark out there.

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: Dynamo Dynamic

Ditto to what Edward Tomchin stated. I would take it a step further and say Abrigo between Estrella and Egar should be paved given the fact more people have moved to this area. I don't think anyone should have to breathe that fine dust. Many residents speed up and down Abrigo, these are the worst offenders. What is anybody going to do about it?

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: Jack a Lope

washboarding has to do with the angle, cut, depth of the blade on the grader as well as the speed the grader is plowing. nothing to do with speed and braking

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: Ray Cartwright

I really don't know why there are any speed limit signs up at all. Since I have moved to Kingman I have noticed that everyone drives 5 mph over the posted limit, including the law enforcement vehicles. I had one of the police pass me on Stockton Hill and he flipped on his siren for just a second. Imagine my surprise when he pulled into the El Rancho to meet another officer. The benefit of the doubt goes to him as I don't know if there was an emergency or not.
My Rant for the day.

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

ATTENTION BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: There are also roads where the speed limit needs to be changed downward. Dirt roads in particular. Desert dirt roads are highly prone to washboarding due to fast driving, hard breaking and accelerating, and just plain malicious and destructive behavior.

If you live on such a road, of which there are plenty, you can look forward to a lifetime of dirt, dust and sand being thrown up by uncaring drivers, school buses, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles, and such. Speed limits on dirt roads should be no more than 15 MPH with heavy fines for violaters.

Don't tell us to move if we don't like it. We live here and are residents just as you are. All that's needed is some common courtesy and respect for other resident. That may be asking a bit much for some ignoramuses, so there need to be neighborhood watches for such malcontent and ignorant fools and report them again and again to the police.

Everyone has a right to the quiet enjoyment of the place where they live.

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Article comment by: Dannies Joy

How does one get the Board to consider stop signs? There is a definite need for a couple on Tommie between Northern & Thompson.

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