Will residents use underpass?

KINGMAN – Once it is built, where will they go?

That was the question the city hired SouthWest Traffic Engineering to figure out regarding traffic projections once the Airway Underpass is built and the Louise Avenue railroad crossing closes.

SouthWest consultants conducted a study of the Eastern Street corridor based on traffic data collected from the Kingman Area Transportation study and additional data in the study area that included comparing traffic generations within the quadrant of Eastern Street, Pasadena Avenue and Airway Avenue, and travel times between major streets such as Eastern to Stockton Hill.

The projection: the majority of traffic north of Interstate 40 will use the Airway Underpass, as well as a majority of Pasadena to I-40 traffic, while roughly 40 percent of traffic in the east Louise area and 30 percent of traffic in the western Louise area would use the Underpass, the rest heading into the city via Hualapai Mountain Road.

SouthWest recommended projects and realignments in the area that Public Works Director Jack Kramer said would have to be proposed in the city’s upcoming budget sessions.

The recommendations, which include widening Eastern Street to three lanes from Pasadena Avenue to Airway Avenue and realigning Eastern Street in the vicinity of Kenwood Avenue and Diamond Street, would add about $200,000 to the upcoming capital improvements budget.

The consultants made other recommendations Kramer said the city would consider in the five-year capital improvements plan.

Recommendations for 2006-2010: Combining Detroit Avenue and Evans Street into one intersection with Eastern, and combining Windsor Avenue, Melody Street and Eastern in one intersection; closing Eastern intersections with Cox Street, Alpha Street, Stewart Street, Rainbow Street, Jerome Street and Prescott Street, and putting a traffic light at the Yavapai Street/Airway intersection.

Recommendations for 2010: adding lanes to Eastern, widening Airway from Diamond to Andy Devine, planning a north-south connector from Hualapai Mountain to Airway and putting a traffic light at the Eastern and Airway intersection.