ADOT to unveil draft of local transportation plan Monday

KINGMAN - The Arizona Department of Transportation will hold the second of two public meetings Monday evening at the Kingman City Hall, 310 N. Fourth St., in an attempt to get input on a regional transportation needs study that will help determine which projects get top priority in the Kingman area over the next 20 years.

Between public input received at a similar meeting in July, as well as individual interviews with transportation shareholders, ADOT is preparing to unveil its draft of the transportation study at Monday's meeting. Officials are asking the public to review the study and make any additional suggestions they'd like to see incorporated into it.

"The draft plan will recommend multimodal transportation improvements for planning periods of 5, 10, and 20 years," said ADOT spokeswoman Michele Beggs. "Multimodal transportation is an important component of the city's transportation system as populations continue to increase. It combines alternative modes of transportation, including personal vehicles, public transportation, bicycles, and pedestrians, into one system."

Beggs added that the plan will also include tools that the city can use to accommodate future growth and development - a key component, given the continuing influx of motorists expected on already heavily-trafficked roads such as Stockton Hill Road and Andy Devine Avenue.

Monday's meeting will comprise a presentation and open house running from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., including a PowerPoint breakdown of some of the key aspects in the transportation plan draft, as well as various maps and diagrams of the plans to date. ADOT personnel will remain on hand throughout the meeting to answer questions and take people's suggestions.

"We want people to come out and spend a little time with us Monday evening, and we want to hear from them," Beggs said. "Comments can be made at the open house on Monday or they can access the comment card online."

Documents relating to the Kingman Area Transportation Study can be reviewed online at the study's website, http://www.azdot.gov/mpd/systems_planning/kingman.asp. Suggestions can also be made through the site, though the public comment period only lasts through Nov. 29, after which ADOT will begin drafting its final report and executive summary.

For additional information on the project, call Beggs at (928) 681-6054 or e-mail mbeggs@azdot.gov.