KINGMAN - Mohave County's largest transportation stimulus project to date has completed construction nearly six months ahead of schedule and more than $7 million under budget.
According to Arizona Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michele Beggs, crews this week are wrapping up construction of a new two-mile stretch of southbound ranch road parallel to the existing U.S. 93. The project has effectively transformed that part of the highway, which lies 17 miles north of Wikieup, into a four-lane divided roadway, with two lanes of traffic in both north- and southbound directions.
The project is the second in a multi-phase effort by ADOT to transform all of U.S. 93 from I-40 to Wickenberg into a four-lane highway to better ease the travel of motorists on their way to and from the Phoenix area.
"The project went very smoothly and they didn't have any significant issues," Beggs said. "All three Mohave County projects that put in for stimulus funds have been awarded. Two are now complete, and one will be complete before Christmas."
With a projected cost of $13 million, the U.S. 93 project was by far the largest of the three ADOT projects in Mohave County approved for stimulus dollars, though its ultimate low bid came in at just $5.7 million. The county's two other ADOT stimulus projects consisted of safety fence replacement along I-40 from the state line to the Oatman exchange and from Railroad Avenue to Rattlesnake Wash. The combined cost of both projects was $569,000.
While the flagging economy has produced many millions of dollars in savings for ADOT's stimulus projects, it remains to be seen if the Kingman district will have any additional projects approved for stimulus money by the state transportation board, since no other projects have been submitted for consideration.
Even if ADOT did identify and submit more projects from Mohave County, they would have to come after the priority list already established by the board.
Even so, there are still four local government transportation stimulus projects that ADOT will put out to bid early next year.
Two are scheduled for the Kingman area: asphalt rehabilitation along Northern Avenue and overlay and pavement preservation along Bank Street.
Both projects are estimated to receive $500,000 in stimulus funds apiece.