Repairs force road closure

KINGMAN - Starting today at 5 a.m., a portion of N. Bank Street between Kino and Airway avenues will be closed due to the replacement of an underground water transmission line. The road will remain closed through Aug. 20. (Click thumbnail to view entire map.)

During the one-week period, Bank Street will also be closed at the Airway Avenue intersection. The section of Bank Street between Airway and Kino will be restricted to local neighborhood traffic only.

N. Roosevelt Street and N. Rainbow Drive have been designated as detours around the construction area. Detour signs will be posted at the intersection of Kino and Bank.

Airway Avenue will experience a temporary reduction from four to two lanes for several blocks in either direction approaching the Bank Street intersection. Two-way traffic along Airway will still be allowed, but congestion is likely due to the lane closures, according to city Engineer in Training Tom Wilson.

Wilson said the closure was likely to affect business at United Rentals, located at the northwest corner of the Bank/Airway intersection, though he anticipated that access to the business would remain open throughout construction. He noted N. Nevada Street could still be used to access United Rentals' back gate from westbound Airway Avenue.

A representative of the Kingman Unified School District's Transportation Department said the district did not anticipate any difficulties for bus routes to and from Kingman High School, which is located at 4182 Bank St. The representative said no stops were located near the affected area, and that buses would take the prescribed detours.

Gary Blanton, director of maintenance and transportation for KUSD, commended Wilson on maintaining communication with the district to ensure the smoothest opening week possible, given the situation.

"He has gone above and beyond," Blanton said.

According to Wilson, the water transmission line being replaced dates back to the mid-1970s. The line had previously ruptured back in March, spewing water all over the roadway. While the Public Works Department had managed to reseal the line at the time, Wilson said its replacement would offer a more permanent solution to the problem.

"These transmission lines, they run under very high pressure," he said. "This particular pipe is very old, it's very difficult to replace."

Lewis Equipment Services, Inc. is the contractor performing the construction. For more information, call the City Engineering Office at (928) 753-8122.