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Louise's final closing

Improvements to North Glen Road also eyed by city

KINGMAN - Improvements are in store for the old Louise railroad crossing. Council asked the city Engineering Department to prepare a report on possible improvements during the Nov. 6 Council meeting.

Engineer Greg Henry told Council Monday that the department is planning to put in a new curb on Andy Devine Avenue near the closed Louise railroad crossing.

The curb would follow the outline of the old right turn lane. It would completely close off traffic to Louise Avenue.

The sidewalks on either side of Louise would be salvaged and a new section of sidewalk would be poured across the closed section of Louise Avenue.

The asphalt between the railroad tracks and the barricades would be torn up and the area filled in with landscaping rock. The city may put plants in the area in the future.

Henry said the department has already received a number of quotes for the project. Louis Equipment had the lowest bid for the project and, since it was under $25,000, Council will not have to approve hiring the company for the project. City Manager Paul Beecher and Finance Director Coral Loyd will approve the project.

Henry said the company plans to start construction sometime in the first week of December.

Improvements may also be in the works for a one-mile section of North Glen Road between Airway Avenue and Gordon Drive. The road, if improved, could be used to help alleviate traffic on Stockton Hill Road. Large sections of the road are currently unpaved, Henry said. There are two paved sections, one just north of Morrow Avenue and another section just north of Kino Avenue.

The Kingman Area Transportation Study, which was completed in 2005, recommended improving North Glen Road to a three-lane roadway with 60 feet of right of way. The estimated cost of the improvement is $1.35 million.

The new Morrow Acres III subdivision will be adding additional pavement from Kino Avenue south to the new subdivision. Shalimar Plaza south of Morrow Avenue will also be improving part of North Glen Road as they build their second phase.

One problem the city may face is with a number of sections along the east side of North Glen Road between Airway and Morrow Avenues where there is no right of way for the city. This could pose a problem if the city wanted to expand the road or bury utilities.

Henry said there is currently 50 feet of existing right of way between North Glen Road and The Home Depot. From The Home Depot to Gordon Avenue there is 25 feet of drainage and electric easement.

Mayor Les Byram said North Glen Road was never completed to Gordon Avenue because of the drainage situation north of The Home Depot. So much water flows through the area that extensive and expensive culverts or bridges would be required to compete the street.

Henry said The Home Depot has an agreement with the city to provide $35,000 to future road improvements to North Glen Road.

Two years ago, the Engineering Department asked Council if it could improve a section of North Glen Road from The Home Depot south to Kino Avenue. Several residents from the Walleck Ranch subdivision came to the Council meeting to protest the proposal.

Council ordered that section of road closed just north of Kino and just north of The Home Depot property line.

"I think that you would be surprised at how many people that are stuck on Stockton Hill Road, especially from the hospital down to Gordon, would all agree that that [the improvement of North Glen Road] should have been done a long time ago," Councilman Kerry Deering said.

He said he felt sorry for the people in a nearby subdivision whose homes came right up to the edge of the road.

Headlights in the windows of homes that abut North Glen Road were one reason that section of road was closed. Residents also complained of traffic noise, as well as noise from trucks unloading at all hours on docks behind The Home Depot.

In order to start the project, the city would have to add it to the 2007 budget and obtain rights of way along some of the eastern sections of the road.

Byram said the Council would consider it when the next budget meeting came up.