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3/20/2014 6:00:00 AM
Kingman quiet zone projects OK'd
Work to silence train noise should be complete before Route 66 Festival

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The City Council on Tuesday approved contractor T.R. Orr Inc., to perform seven projects, including the installation of safety measures at three railroad crossings in downtown Kingman.

When completed, the work will create a "quiet zone" that will allow trains to pass through without sounding their horns.

The goal is for the work to be completed by August, in time for the city to host the International Route 66 Festival

The quiet zone improvements will include installing raised concrete medians at the crossings at Second, Fourth and Topeka streets south of Andy Devine Avenue. Asphalt pavement and concrete curbs will be installed at each crossing, along with sidewalks and driveways at Second and Fourth streets.

The estimated $370,000 needed to fund the project was set aside last year when the city sold a public building to a developer.

The City Council approved the first phase of its contract with Orr, awarding $11,800 for the firm to complete the design phase of the quiet zone.

Preliminary construction plans have been completed on some of the seven projects and can be viewed on the city's website at

The Council previously elected to fast track the quiet zone, along with the projects listed below:

• This downtown project has three parts. The Beale Street project involves the removal and replacement of sidewalk on the south side of Beale Street between Fourth and Fifth streets.

The Fourth Street project calls for the same work on the east side of Fourth Street between Beale Street and Andy Devine Avenue and the Andy Devine Avenue project calls for replacing a sidewalk ramp at the northeast corner of Andy Devine and Fourth. The total estimated cost is $41,000.

• This project on Andy Devine Avenue calls for the installation of handrails behind the existing sidewalk on Chadwick Avenue at an estimated cost of $50,000.

• This Harvard Street project calls for the construction of curbs and asphalt pavement between Shadow Mountain Drive and Canyon Hills Road at an estimated cost of $45,000.

• The Railroad Street project includes new curbs and asphalt pavement in the area of Emerson Avenue at an estimated cost of $15,000.

• One Detroit Avenue project calls for curbs and asphalt pavement between Eastern and Stewart street at an estimated cost of $35,000.

• A second Detroit Avenue project includes the reconstruction of a sidewalk ramp and installation of steel pipe bollards just east of Stockton Hill Road at the Circle K store at an estimated cost of $5,000.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: Moderately Independent

As much as I'd like to see Tesla or some other company like them build a plant here, a city needs to offer more than low taxes and space for development or even decent weather and scenery and that something is excitement and vibrance.

Now before anyone goes off on that statement let me provide a case in point. Mojave, Ca. has long been a hub for aerospace technology and invention partly because of it's proximity to Edwards Air Force Base but the desire for companies to continue doing business there is waning. The mayor of Mojave is so concerned he's afraid that the city will become a ghost town if they can't do something about it.

The bottom line is that there is just nothing to do in Mojave and the place isn't that attractive, not to mention windy and dusty. The young, bright people that the industry attracts just plain don't want to live there...I mean have you ever been there?

I appreciate Kingman and the surrounding area for what it is although I think most of us who live here wouldn't mind seeing some more improvements, but my point is aside what I mentioned in my first paragraph what does Kingman really have to offer Tesla or other companies and their employees?

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: go for Tesla plant

Yes, there may be work force problems. However, if Tesla worked with MCC & closely screened applicants it could find enough reliable employees. Much of the problem is the trade off to stay clean verses keeping a job. Many don't mind risking a $9/hr job without health insurance, pensions, or any real chance for advancement for an occasional high. The idea Tesla or any large, well-respected company treating their employees well wouldn't be able to find 100 or so good employees doesn't hold water. People are not going to risk loosing a good job for a high unless they are seriously addicted or stupid. And yea, we have plenty of both. Status quo advocates like to cement this unfounded idea.

Forget direct auto sales problems. It's only a matter of time before it's a thing of the past. Plus they are growing their 31 "stores and service" locations.

Main considerations: Proximity to their auto assembly plants. Fremont, CA is within 1 day (straight Interstate). Cost of setting up a plant - empty buildings at the industrial park helps here. Utilities - electric is a bit high but taxes are certainly lower than CA. There is that wonderful anti-union attitude that exists in Kingman that would make any company flock in. What hurts is the unkept look of the industial park and area as a whole.

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Article comment by: Going Deaf

I don't care who gets the job fixen those RR crossing or what the motivation just getter done before I lose my hearing. The silane will be bliss.

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Article comment by: Tesla Battery

Why would Tesla want to locate its planned battery factory in Kingman Arizona or any other city in this state for that matter? Tesla sells their vehicles directly to customers and has no sales persons in the state. They have show rooms were costumers can look, ask questions but not talk price. The buyer will go home and order his vehicle online. Mike Gardner, a lobbyist for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is opposed to letting any automaker go around the dealer network and sell directly to consumers. "Tesla is not a member of the alliance and shouldn't be allowed to sell its vehicles in Arizona" according to Mike Gardner. However, according to the Associated Press Arizona House Bill 2123 is a "pre-emptive strike" against any measures to block automakers of solely electric vehicles and have a service center within the state of direct sales to customers. Should this bill be adopted and allowed to take effect then Tesla may be willing to locate their batterie plant in Kingman otherwise if the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has it's way in defeating HR2123 then all bets are off.

Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Article comment by: Hope It Happens

@ Vock Canyon - I suspect the handrails and curbs, etc. are part of the requirement from the railroad so their trains pass through the downtown area without having to sound their whistles so long and loud.

Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Article comment by: Tired Of It

Gonna miss those sounds of the Old West.

Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Article comment by: vock canyon

I'm really confused??? what does $370k of hand rails and concrete curbs have to do with noise abatement? Do these include improved mechanical crossing guards or something like this?

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: L J

It would be nice if the City publishes who bid on this project and the amounts? Just a little transparently with our tax dollars.

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: THE TEA PARTY IS ON KOCH

"the continuing of "giving" contracts & funds to the. "good ole boys" has only returned negative results with no growth".

Can you give us some proof of HQ?

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: joker wilde

Call me sour grapes, but I bet Tesla would find it difficult to hire people here who would show up on time all the time with no drug busts in their past, and who would put in a day's work for a day's pay.

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

It's hard for me to understand why all this money must be spent to....keep the train from blowing it's whistle so much?

As I have said before, I lived 18 years 12' from the tracks on the South side. The whole town of Kingman was downtown then so probably more people living downtown then than now.

I married and moved....two blocks from the tracks on the north side of them, could still plainly hear the whistles.

And guess what, they tooted a few times each time they came through and THAT WAS IT. Now they toot forever, I know, I was just on Front Street and couldn't speak for four minutes until they went by.

There wasn't anyway to just speak with them and ask them to go back to tooting the same amount as they did years ago? Am I just stupid or is that just too simplistic?

The horns bothered noone back then and remember, ALL the businesses were downtown. Central Commercial, three drugstores, the eateries, J C Penney, Alex's Toggery, State Theatre, Post Office, Bessie Bordon's Dress Shop, Hafleys Supermarket, Table Supply, two meat markets, car companies, Court House, Attorneys and NOONE was bothered by the train whistles.

And no, dozens had not been hit by trains. One drunk person, a neighbor and friend is all I remember.

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014

What a great idea by Desert Rat. Why don't the city economic development folks with the support of the county's economic development dept. push for that plant?

Let's look at how much the council, just the council, could have put into bring the Tesla battery plant to Kingman.
* $20,000 for a Wine Festival,
* $10,000 for Bullriding
* $ 30,000 for Detroit Ave.island to benefit Tractor store (not sure if all this was paid by city)
* $69,000 city's portion of matching funds for grant for anti-drug programs (getting more jobs in the area would be the best anti-drug program)
* $55,000 city's portion of matching funds for new display racks, an information desk, signage, banners and an exterior kiosk at the Powerhouse. (yes, folks that is accurate)

Total $184,000 and this is just a partial list of expenditures. Do you think that sum could bring in the Tesla plant that would offer dozens of well paid jobs? Now, before someone writes that 69k was earmarked by a grant or the $10k could only be spent for tourism since it was bed tax, etc. Now before all those folks pick a part this, the point is the council could very easily devote a substantial amount to bringing in a plant like the Tesla battery plant. Let's watch how devoted these JOB CREATOR council members are.

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Desert Rat

These amenities, once completed, will be wonderful enhancements! Noise abatement is going to give downtown quite a boost.

Word will get around about these amenities. I'm not for unbridled development or urban sprawl, but wouldn't it be nice if TESLA decided to put its expansion battery factory at the airport industrial area?

This would bring wonderful manufacturing jobs to Kingman. Think of all the technicians and engineers TESLA would employ.

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Moderately Independent

Ooops...meant to type "those WHO live in Kingman". Don't want the grammer police coming after me, just a little slipup...honest!

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Moderately Independent

Damned if you do, damned if you don't!

I was just waiting for someone to complain about a local company getting the nod to do this project.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if it were given to an out of town company there would be complaints about not going local and supporting those in live in Kingman.

Just gotta love the mindset of some folks!

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"It was T R orr nobody all the way."

Horse hockey. Prob the largest and most qualified company in the area. And you seriously think this wasn't put out for bids? Any proof of that? How bout looking at the City website where they asked for proposals from ANY contractor?

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Mr Right

Good ol' boys? These projects were advertised, even on the cities website on the front page. I feel that you are a contractor and want it your way... Don't make assumptions as we know that's how Kingman works FYI. Good day mate!!!

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Vock Wash

Interesting it would take the prospects of out-of-towners coming to Kingman to get that quit zone addressed. I suppose the possibility of them bringing money to the local economy and adding revenue to the city coffers takes presidents over the comfort of citizens, especially those living in the arias most effected by train whistles.

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: @ H Q

This was an obvious observation that most readers caught in the first seconds of reading, if asked council will say it was up for bid and under no obligation to show proof. It was T R orr nobody all the way.

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: H Q

Interesting, T.R. Orr,Inc. sole source or did the City solicit
Bids from other suppliers? The old school of thought that exist in
Both Kingman & Mohave County is one of several reasons
This is a suppressed area.the continuing of giving contracts & funds to the. " good ole boys" has only returned negative results with no growth.

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