Arizona highway plan now available

KINGMAN - Mohave County residents will get their first glimpse today of the state's tentative 2015-2019 five-year capital improvement plan for highways, bridges, transit and aviation in Arizona.

Mike Kondelis, Kingman District engineer for the Arizona Department of Transportation, will present an overview of the program, released online Friday, during a Mohave County Transportation Commission meeting. Also, Kondelis will take questions regarding local ADOT projects.

The commission meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today at the Cholla Conference Room in the Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

The program's major focus will look at preserving existing infrastructure to keep it in good repair while moving some programmed projects forward, according to ADOT.

The five-year program, which is updated every year, serves as a blueprint that details

where, when and how regional, state and federal funding will be spent for projects over the next five years.

ADOT must prioritize projects this time because of stagnant revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes and from decreased federal funding, all of which support the program.

Last year, ADOT cut $350 million from the 2014-2018 five-year program because of substantially decreased revenue dedicated to transportation.

No additional funding cuts are forecast for the 2015-2019 five-year program, but overall state and federal transportation funding continues to be flat.

The 2015-2019 five-year program includes a 3 percent increase in preservation spending over the 2014-2018 program, with a steady increase in preservation funding over the next 10 years.

Preserving the system means protecting the state's investment of $18.4 billion, which is the estimated value of the state highway system.