ADOT plans Kingman area upgrades

Traffic signal installation and upgrades along Route 66 through Kingman are planned in 2002 at an estimated cost of $633,000, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation Five-Year Plan.

This is in addition to current traffic signal upgrades that are part of the widening of lanes at the Stockton Hill Road and Beverly Avenue I-40 Interchange.

Combs Construction is making those improvements.

Traffic signals at Airway Avenue and Andy Devine Avenue and upgrades of the signals on Andy Devine at Grandview Avenue, Eighth and Fourth streets, Stockton Hill Road and Tucker Street will be completed by June 2002, according to the ADOT schedule.

The city of Kingman is providing partial funding for the Airway Avenue signal.

The city will install a signal at Stockton Hill Road and Northern Avenue as part of the current widening project.

ADOT Kingman District Engineer Debra Brisk said the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge project, continuing the four-lane divided highway design and construction of U.

S.

93 and improvement of U.S.

95 along the Colorado River are the major focus of the ADOT plan in Mohave County in the current Five Year Plan.

The north and south routes though Mohave County; U.S.

93 from Phoenix to Las Vegas and U.

S.

95 between Bullhead City and Mexico; account for the largest portion of funding in the next two years of the ADOT Five Year Plan.

Widening SR 95 though Lake Havasu City is budgeted at $17.7 million in fiscal year 2002-03.

Brisk said Aztec Engineering will begin design of the U.S.

93 section from Hoover Dam through Lake Mead National Recreation Area this fall.

Area residents will be invited to participate in the public hearings as the project design progresses.

ADOT is currently widening on and off ramps and entrance to the ramps in Kingman at I-40 and Beverly Avenue.

"Kingman residents identify this as the major traffic congestion in the city," Brisk said.

"From the viewpoint of ADOT and the state highway system, the major bottleneck in Kingman is the I-40 and Beale Street Interchange."

Brisk identified the Hoover Dam as the No.

1 traffic congestion problem on U.

S.

93 and Wickenburg as No.

2.

The new bridge will eliminate the Hoover Dam situation and a bypass around Wickenburg is being designed.

"Number 3 is in Kingman on West Beale Street from I-40 through Coyote Pass," she said.

"It has been just a very short time since that roadway was widened and congestion still grows."

That interchange and section of U.S.

93 to the S.R.

68 interchange on to So-Hi is not yet in the five-year plan.

Brisk said ADOT will complete the Stockton Hill Road and I-40 interchange improvements and upgrade the chain link fence from the Cerbat Hills Golf Course to the Manzanita School this year.

Widening and landscaping From Harrison Avenue to Wal-Mart is scheduled for 2002.

The Mohave Wash rechannelization work, including the landscaping and multi-use pathway will begin in 2002 on the ADOT portion at Beverly Avenue.

Another $1 million is budgeted for shoulder widening of Route 66 from John L.

Avenue to the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park next year.

Last year, ADOT landscaped Route 66 from Hoover Avenue near 66 Auto Sales to the historic downtown area with trees, shrubs and benches.