ADOT seeks input on transportation plan for Kingman

KINGMAN - The Arizona Department of Transportation wants to hear from you as it puts together a comprehensive transportation plan for Kingman over the next several months.

ADOT officials will host the first of two public input sessions from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Kingman City Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St.

The purpose of the meeting, according to ADOT spokeswoman Michele Beggs, will be to collect local opinions on what Kingmanites want out of their local transportation infrastructure.

"ADOT and the city of Kingman have received federal funds to update the 2005 Kingman Area Transportation Study," Beggs said.

"And we're inviting the public to be a part of the plan. We want to have people's input about issues they're seeing now, as well as thinking outside the box for the future."

According to Beggs, the two key purposes of the study are to relieve current and projected traffic congestion in Kingman, as well as to explore transportation alternatives. Beggs said the plan is meant to take a multi-modal approach to transportation, meaning it will look at what can be done for bicyclists, pedestrian traffic and mass transit, in addition to cars. Consulting agencies in the study include the Western Arizona Council of Governments, Mohave County, the city of Kingman, ADOT and other local transit authorities such as Kingman Area Regional Transit.

"The study team has been working since March to identify transportation issues, both present and future," Beggs said. "The public comments will be incorporated into the final report which will then be adopted by the city of Kingman."

The report, which ADOT hopes to make public by next fall, will give detailed transportation development suggestions covering the next five, 10 and 20 years. Monday's meeting will be the first of two public comment sessions, focusing primarily on identifying local transportation conditions, needs and deficiencies - what locals feel needs to be addressed in the current system. The second meeting, scheduled for November, will present the public with some possible improvement ideas that they can then comment on or make additional suggestions for.

Following each open house, meeting materials will be posted to the project's Web site, www.azdot.gov/mpd/systems_planning/kingman.asp, which gives a general overview of the study as well as a schedule of events, maps and a list of participating community stakeholders. For additional information, call project leader Justin Feek at (602) 712-6196.