Work on Mohave Wash trail begins

The long-awaited Mohave Wash Trail construction is under way beginning at Beverly Avenue and heading north.

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Construction was awarded the contract by the Arizona Department of Transportation for the section to Kino Avenue.

The city of Kingman was awarded an ADOT enhancement grant to build the middle section between Kino and Gordon avenues.

Kingman city planner Rob Owens said the design contract for the Kino-to-Gordon avenues section is being prepared and the city will seek bids later this year.

Construction of that section will occur after the state and county complete their sections of the trail.

Mohave County has a grant pending for extending the trail along the east side of the Mohave Wash from Gordon Avenue northeast to Bank Street.

The wash between Gordon Drive and Bank Street must be channeled before the trail can be built.

The county has completed channeling Mohave Wash south of Northern Avenue to Bank Street including the construction of four-lane wide box culverts across the wash on Northern Avenue and Bank Street near Kingman High School North Campus.

Owen said Kingman's section of the pathway has been delayed by concerns about beginning construction before both ends are completed.

The city built the $542,737 Walleck Ranch Park on the east bank of Mohave Wash to include the pathway.

The banks of the wash are being improved by ADOT with rock and steel surfaces that will be less susceptible to erosion.