State board OKs adding lanes up to Hoover project

KINGMAN - The Arizona State Transportation Board approved establishing additional right of way for the expansion of U.S. 93 near Hoover Dam.

The board consented to the establishment on U.S. 93 between milepost 2 and 17 at its monthly meeting on Friday in Prescott Valley.

The right of way will be used to widen the existing roadway from two to four lanes, an estimated $100 million project that has already received approval from the board.

The Arizona Department of Transportation received sealed bids for the project and will open them on Sept. 26, said Michele E. Beggs, public information officer for ADOT.

Construction is scheduled to start during the first quarter of 2009, Beggs said. The project will be completed in 2010.

ADOT will now focus on the northern section of U.S. 93 from Interstate 40 south to Wikieup, Beggs said. They are near completion of McGarry's Wash from milepost 91.7 to 95.2 and Tompkins Canyon from milepost 119.7 to 121.3.

With a $9.3 million price tag, McGarry's Wash should be completed in the fall. Tompkins Canyon is also scheduled to be completed this fall at a cost of $10.4 million.

"We have six projects remaining to complete the widening of U.S. 93 between I-40 and Wikieup," Beggs said.

Three are to be completed from 2011 to 2013.

From milepost 104.1 to 106, SB Ranch Road is programmed in 2011 at $5,875,000. Antelope Wash, from milepost 101.8 to 104.1, will cost $20 million from the 2012 fiscal year. In 2013, Carrow to Stephens is programmed at a cost of $21.4 million from milepost 116.3 to 119.7.

A little farther south, the Wickenburg Bypass is under construction from milepost 198 to 200. The project, to be completed in 2010, costs $26.9 million.

There are eight projects in the section from milepost 160 to Wickenburg that are not yet funded for construction, Beggs said. A design concept report for the stretch was completed in 2006.

On Feb. 22, ADOT celebrated the 10-year $160 million completion of continuous four-lane divided highway on south U.S. 93 from Wikieup to Santa Maria. The 36-mile stretch from milepost 124 to 160 is part of the CANAMEX Corridor for North American Free Trade and is used as a direct route from Phoenix to Las Vegas.