I-40 scheduled for possible repavement in 2014, official says

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Several potholes and cracks can be found along I-40 east of Kingman from mile markers 59-66, or DW Ranch Road to Blake Ranch Road.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Several potholes and cracks can be found along I-40 east of Kingman from mile markers 59-66, or DW Ranch Road to Blake Ranch Road.

KINGMAN - Similar to Coyote Pass, many have complained that the stretch of road on Interstate 40 east of Kingman between the DW Ranch Road and Blake Ranch Road exits is in bad shape and needs repair.

Arizona Department of Transportation maintenance crews are currently in the process of patching potholes in the area, said ADOT Public Information Officer Dustin Krugel.

It's widely accepted, however, that patching potholes is nothing more than applying temporary bandages.

"As you can imagine, there are maintenance needs on highways across the state and we do not have sufficient funding to address every need at once," Krugel wrote in an email to the Miner.

The next pavement preservation project that includes the stretch of highway described - I-40 between mileposts 59 and 66 - is scheduled for possible construction during fiscal year 2014, Krugel said.

Based on 2009 data, the area sees up to 20,000 vehicles a day coming and going.

Krugel said that in 2009, ADOT completed a $5.9 million project to repave a 10-mile stretch of I-40 between the Rattlesnake and Holy Moses washes.

So, for anyone hoping to see the area repaved: It's going to be awhile.

Local resident David Moore said the road is a safety issue and that there is no reason it should be in the condition it's in. He worries that once winter hits and water starts freezing in the potholes and cracks, the road will become marbleized. If that happens, pieces of asphalt will be flying everywhere, posing yet another risk for drivers, he said.

"The road is seriously messed up," Moore said.

ADOT does not have accident and fatality counts for the stretch of road on hand, but can provide a disk containing all accidents in the state reported to ADOT by law enforcement in 2010. It will take the Miner some time to sift through the data and compile a tally of 2010 vehicle accidents on this particular stretch of road.

Until then, here is a bit of data that can be found on ADOT's website: In ADOT's Kingman jurisdiction, there were 537 accidents, two fatalities and 288 people injured in 2010. Of those, 31 accidents and one death were alcohol related. Of the 31 alcohol-related accidents, all but two caused injuries to the passengers.