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10/20/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Road needs more than a sign

I've just been a resident of Arizona in Mohave County for one year now. So far, I'm pleased for the most part on how things are run.

Our monsoon season was really something this past summer here in Golden Valley. Roads were devastated, to say the least. The county did a decent job getting the roads opened. But here on Estrella Road (that's where I live) they really took their good ol' time cleaning things up, as far as I'm concerned.

I moved from Pennsylvania, and PADOT is considered a laughing joke, but I'm beginning to wonder if Arizona is too. A big chunk of pavement had washed away here on Estrella, and it's still like that. All they can do is put up sign that warns motorist of a "BUMP."

I know the government's shut down, but come on, Mohave County. You can do better than throw up a sign. Oh yea, I just wrote a check to the state of Arizona (taxes).

Kevin Kutsch

Golden Valley




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Article comment by: get a life

The person that wrote this letter is more worried about the roads probably because he has a car, if that person had the time to write this and would really know what's going on im sure this place would be a better place, its because of these people they think they know everything but they dont know, really its the governments fault? and just complain about the roads is very hilarious. Just like the one guy said there the ones working hard, there are not the ones saying "today I think I'm going to go fix Kevin Kutch's road" no it doesn't. You move here and expect more? Really?! In the state you have to do things yourself, can you grab a shovel and do it yourself or are you going to sit there like the rest? Don't point the finger at someone and blame them, point the finger at yourself.

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Original, yes I do know the difference in county and federal governments, but evidently you do not understand the word GOVERNMENT.
They are all paid by the taxpayer and they all seem to think that it is an endless money pit for whatever they want and it is usually not to the benefit of the person paying the tab...the taxpayer...
Like I said, if you have your appendix go bad you may as well call the county trash hauler as you will probably get better service than you will with Obama care and if you're over 65
you may as well kiss it goodbye.
Arrogance seems to be the word of the day from the President down to the dog catcher as they all think they are special and forget they actually work for us.


Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: Infrastructure & Health ? or War? Which one makes our lives better.

(delete) -- Most retired transplants are already enjoying their government health care.

But you are confused: Obamacare actually uses PRIVATE insurance companies to "take care" of us during their profit hoarding.

Sorry. Not buying what you're selling. How bout you open your eyes a bit. If more people did, and realized maybe quality of life and taxes really DO matter, maybe Mohave County wouldn't be such as torturous place to live.



Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: GV Bobcat

Like the previous commentators said welcome to Mohave County. This is a rural area and not a incorporated city, hence the services are nowhere the same as in Kingman or other cities.

I live along Redwall just East of Colorado. The Cerbat wash carved out a section of Redwall that caused a 18" drop in elevation. I have pulled several vehicles with my 4X4 out due to their not seeing the hazard. The grader came by between storms and simply bladed over the soft sand. Ever since the storms going through there was nearly as bad as when the water was running. It wasn't until about 5 days ago that the co. crew actually compacted the soil down by watering and multiple passes over it.


Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

"Just think, they are about to become your health care provider also"

You do realize that there is a difference between the county government and the Federal government.

The letter writer was complaining about the county government. Health care has been taken over by the Federal government.

As far as the letter about the roads in Golden Valley go, when you move to an unincorporated county area, you can't expect to receive city service. Mohave County is large and mainly rural. There are hundreds of dirt roads that need to be maintained.

Move to the city if you don't like roughing it.


Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

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The "vibrating parts off your new car" is normal for this area. The roughness of dirt roads in this area is called "washboarding" and you are very correct that it destroys vehicles. I've replaced six struts (formerly called shock absorbers till they were made an integral part of the car body) on my car due to washboarding effect of dirt roads, which hardly ever get graded.

I live off Agua Fria, a main road connecting Laguna and Teddy Roosevelt and I'm lucky if it is graded every two months, but it has gone as long as 4 months without grading. This is on a road that gets traffic of more than 150 vehicles a day (including many school busses and heavy duty trucks.)

For example, those in the military remember having to break step when a company of men is marching and comes upon a bridge. This is because the uniform in-step marching of 80+ men will bring down a bridge due to sympathetic vibrations. This is the same effect washboarding on a dirt road has on a car. Washboarded road is highly destructive and Mohave County cares less whose cars are destroyed and how much it costs them.

I've tried organizing a few people to bring a class action lawsuit against the county road department for dereliction of duty, but people here would just rather not be involved. The Miner has my phone number and email address if anyone would like to pursue this matter in court against Mohave County Road Department. Just call the Miner and ask. They herewith have my permission to release my phone number and email address.

/wc 278


Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: Fed up

ADOT is right there along side of the County when it comes to road repair. Anyone who has to travel on I-40 can attest to pot holes big enough to force everyone, including big rigs, over to the north side shoulder to avoid being pitched completely off the highway! Their idea of "road repair" is to put a sign up on the highway stating "rough road". Last week an unsuspecting motorhome driver hit one of those holes big enough to virtually throw him off the highway and over the embankment. And, to "Trained Observer"... when you move in to an area that has somewhat decent roads, how are you supposed to know that they're going to be let go to a point of usefulness in a matter of two or three years? Crystal ball?

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

Welcome to AZ! If you wanted good roads you might want to go to Phoenix or some other place. Mohave County is not known for being proactive or even current on anything.

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Article comment by: You Shouldn't Surprised

So, you feel the fault with the dismal conditions of your road are the fault of the county workers? Those 'fat cats' that you feel are wallowing in money that allowed them to get a 2.5% raise after 5 years of not getting ANY raise and getting the royal shaft of having numerous benefits cancelled and cut severely over the last 5 years? Those employees have had to put up with an abusive Risk Manager and Occupational Health Nurse for years, and thank goodness they are finally gone. In the last week or so, they have also had the good fortune to have the obstructionist HR Manager that allowed all of this to go on to finally retire and the county didn’t bother to put out an email to let those county employee’s know. Give them a break, they don't call the shots! They just work as hard as possible with less resources every year! The county also refused to go in with the ‘League of City’s’ to enjoy an insurance pool that would have made their benefits better for a much better cost. No, the county made the decision to CONTROL with a self funded benefits program!

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

I'm not saying you should have stayed in Pennsylvania, but if you expected government to work better out here, I have a bridge to sell you.
Just think, they are about to become your health care provider also, so if you think a little thing like getting your road fixed is a big deal, wait until you need you appendix worked on.


Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Article comment by: You Shouldn't Surprized

Why would you think the county road dept. would fix the road ,they are to busy enjoying their 2.5 % pay raise. The streets in So-Hi area have had LARGE pot holes in them for over 4 years now the county spends the gas tax money on everything other than road repairs. The ONLY road repairs done must be on the roads that the "employees of tax payers " live on !!

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

your lucky, I live on a dirt road, and have not seen a grader or anything in over 2 months, the road is so bad, it vibrates parts off my new car! my neighbor actually rented a tractor to repair a big hole in the road, that the county wouldn't repair, yet I pay the same taxes that someone who lives on a paved road does. yes, I know I chose to live here, but didn't choose to be ignored by the county road dept.



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