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5/9/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Interstate's in a sorry state

My wife and I just returned from a trip to Albuquerque, N.M. We got sort of a late start and knew we would not get back to Kingman before nightfall. And of course we returned on I-40. For an interstate, that is a very rough road. Some of those so-called patches, and the ruts and pothole they didn't fix, will tear your car or truck up at 75 mph. At night you can't see them in time to miss them.

This is a bad reflection on Arizona and how we take care of our highways. It's a wonder more folks aren't injured or killed on that interstate.

Harold McElwee


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Article comment by: the Solution .....

oh, never mind the multi-trillion-dollar underground facilities, and nobody here will ever believe what else the Government has been doing until someone can convince them that the world isn't flat. However, the Interstate 40 really does need to be fixed, so let's all write to Obama and encourage him to put some of his and Bush's Executive Orders into place, enslaving us into forced labour and seizing all our assets to pay for the project.

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Biker Goofy

“You reap what you sow, Democrats.”

Actually we all reap what the Republicans sow as they continually block jobs bills that would repair our collapsing infrastructure. So put the blame where it belongs and stop whining – ‘cause these are YOUR GUYS!

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: $24,000,000,000,000 .....

I'm not claiming privileged knowledge here, other than what has been available online to the diligent. The above figure supposedly represents the Government's commitment to a nationwide network of underground facilities. Meanwhile, the nation's above-ground infrastructure is falling apart. The details include Interstate 40, but also bridges, municipal water/sewer systems, dams, etc. Others have coined the American Empire term, and it played out in Kingman during recent years - while nothing was available to prevent certain kinds of problems, the spigots were open for their exploitation, through films primarily. If you things are all a mess, wait til you're in trouble or challenge them, and see how well the Empire can work, how deep the resources, how shamelessly and resourcefully their reptiles slither and bite.

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: ex GOP

Biker Randy, bro turn off Mark'squeaky'Levin with his inflated numbers and vitriol for anyone who doesn't look like him, talk like him, or think like him. Try a little good old indepent thinking based on fact. Numbers don't have a D or an R next to them. I am a Dem and a veteran and a patriot and I don't like debt either, however sir, 70% of the 16T was accrued by republican administrations. Obama hasn't spent 17T as you say, Reagan tripled, yes tripled the debt from 950b to 3t, the biggest spender in history, he raised gov't spending 100%, check it out. Bush1 added a trillion, Clinton added 0. Bush 2 doubled it and added another 2t thru unfunded emergency supplementals, no child left behind, medicare part D and 2 wars of over 10yrs each. He and congress borrowed every penny. You are a hypocrite, All of a sudden, you are outraged by Obama spending of $17T, which is false. Your radio heroes claim to love small gov't and small budgets yet their party has never walked the talk. You guys claim to adhere to the constitution...which mandates all spending bills originate in the house of reps. Biker Randy, who has controlled the house of reps since 1994 except for 2 yrs? Republicans thats who. Here is a fact, not a democrat lie, 2001-2011 saw the lowest amount of spending on infrastructure since the founding, it all went overseas. Right now we are at the lowest rate of gov't spending since the 50,s when Eisenhower cut defense spending by 50%. I guess that makes him a commie in your mind sir. Those are all verfiable facts, something you won't find on right wing websites, radio or tv. That's one reason I am ex GOP.

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: A Serious Thought

@ biker randy

"It's just Bush's fault still, even tho he hasn't been in office for near 5 years."

You're wrong again! It's not Bush's fault but it is the Republicans fault, they are the one's that drove sequestration.

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

Do you think the Fed. govt. spending 17 TRILLION dollars more so far than it takes in has anything to do with I-40s condition ? If you're a Democrat, that doesn't compute in your minds. It's just Bush's fault still, even tho he hasn't been in office for near 5 years. You reap what you sow, Democrats.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Wow OK

Call or write to your congressmen/women! The State only gets a limited amount of money to preserve and/or upgrade the roadways. Congress decides (all parties) how much money goes into transportation. Once the State gets it, the money gets divided out into the different sections of the State by the Transportation Board (which happened to meet today for the upcoming plan for the next 5 years - did any of you read or comment on it?) There are roads in worse condition in this state that need money too. If you bothered to contact ADOT and ask, you would know that this particular section of I-40 (around Rattlesnake Wash to US 93 south) is scheduled for a preservation project to go under construction in early 2014. I worked in the industry for years, long enough to know that projects take time to get through the process of being identified, designed and programmed for funding. I have also seen the hard working maintenance people out trying to keep up with potholes and other needed tasks. They probably don't get enough funding to keep up with all the work that needs to be done. I have driven East to the Texas state line and this is NOT the worst section.
Let's all complain in the local paper instead of doing something to actually help the situation, that always makes it better.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Buckholz

I drove I-40 to work in Phoenix each week over the past two years. The increasingly bad asphalt is evident and getting worse and worse. Someone that drives it constantly can figure out where the bad parts are, but I have noticed drivers that come through AZ for the first time or very seldom have a very difficult time. It's a shame we can't get this section of I-40 fixed for the safety of the drivers and the reputation of our great state. Fix it!

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: It's not just the I40 interstate

I-40 Interstate isn't the only problem. Stockton Hill Road is horrible, as is Club at the intersection of Main. No one in Arizona, including the City Of Kingman can develop a road that is pot hole free, smooth or not covered in tar stripes that are causing problems with motorists. The City's answer has always been to use 'chip seal'. That doesn't fix the roads in this town. The state or whoever hasn't made an effort to insure I-40 is safe.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Marla Kiriakidis

Our lack of infrastructure spending is the direct result of Congress. Mainly the House. They have refused to pass any jobs bill that doesn't include tax cuts and pork spending. The House sits on the left's bills and the Senate sits on the right's. Fixing our roads, bridges, hospitals and schools would put a lot of people back to work. And the money they make would help the economy. See the rich don't spend, they save. It's the middle class and the working poor that keep our economy going. I know that most in this town blame the President. But the blame belongs to Congress. They are the ones sitting on those bills. Call them, tell them to pass a jobs bill. One that is about jobs ONLY. Then they won't have anything to argue about. Unless what ex GOP says is true, that some members won't do anything that reflects good on the President.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Bad and getting worse

It's true. I-40 between Kingman and Seligman is getting so bad it could actually be dangerous, and especially at night when you can't see the holes in time to dodge them. A few weeks ago I hit one pothole that was so bad it almost jerked the steering wheel out of my hands.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Fed up

Good to see others share our discontent with the maintenance (I should say lack of maintenance) that I-40 is getting. The potholes and damage to the highway is beyond perturbing now, it's absolutely pitiful, and dangerous! Semi drivers ride down the road with their right wheels almost on the bump strips to avoid the junk-for-road. Seems like ADOT considers working on the road to amount only to placing a "Rough Road" sign up. I guess they think that makes it safer? And night on that highway? Forget it! You're taking your life in your hands if you think you can avoid the huge depressions. Get with it ADOT! Pull some of your shovel supporters off the bridge and fix the road!

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Jack A. LOpe

At the county fair, in September or August, i stopped by the ADOT booth. The guy was surprised when i told him i had just driven from Kingman to the east end of Tennessee and that the approximately 50 Miles from Kingman traveling east was, by far, the worst section of I 40. He told me is was actually in pretty good condition here. I dont think he drives much on it past andy devine.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: ex-GOP ex-GOP

I-40 is a federal highway. The states receive funding from Washington for roads and bridges however from 2002 till present that money has been sent to Iraq and Afghanistan for their roads. The Bush admin spent 0 on our infrastructure in 8 yrs. The suddenly thrifty republican house of representatives kills any spending on infrastructure because they don't give a damn about you or our roads, they are afraid that the jobs created will make the communist foreigner muslim half-breed in the white house look good.,can't have that now can we. Sir, please remember that road in nov 2014 at the polls. That is only one of many reasons I am ex-GOP

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Well, let's see - who controls the state purse strings when it comes to roads? Oh, yes, that would be the Republicans. Keep voting 'em in, folks!

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