I-40/Beale junction planning meeting set

Some worry the final decision will bypass Kingman, businesses

KINGMAN - The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking for public input on an Interstate 40/ U.S. 93 study designed to improve the flow of traffic on I-40 and U.S. 93, especially at the Beale Street exit in downtown Kingman.

The department is holding a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 200F at Mohave Community College, 1971 Jagerson Ave. to collect comments on two possible corridors to improve traffic flow.

Wednesday's meeting will include a brief presentation at 6:25 p.m. followed by a question and answer session.

ADOT first brought the project before the public in March 2008. At that time, the department had eight possible ways to route traffic from I-40 to U.S. 93 and improve the traffic flow at the I-40/ Beale Street interchange.

ADOT officials said during a November 2008 meeting, that the department has seen an increase in traffic congestion at the I-40/Beale Street interchange and expects a 320 percent increase in traffic at the site by 2040 if nothing is done. That increase could lead to a delay of more than an eight minutes to get onto I-40 from the north bound U.S. 93 lanes.

After listening to concerns from residents in March and studying the possible routes the department has narrowed the scope of the study to two possible corridors.

One corridor would improve the current interchange area, possibly widening the area and adding a second, elevated highway area.

The second corridor would run slightly to the north of the current interchange.

A number of concerns raised at the November meeting included the impact on businesses along Beale Street, the cost of the project, changes in property values and concerns about protecting historic areas such as Camp Beale.

A design concept report recommending a preferred corridor should be finished in 2013. For more information on the project visit, www.azdot.gov/WestKingmanTI. Comments can be e-mailed to amy@kdacreative.com or mbeggs@azdot.gov. Comments should be submitted no later than Sept. 28.