Road trip: County maintains over 2,000 miles of them

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Mohave County Public Works prepares to take care of flooding on South Estrella Road in Golden Valley after a recent storm.

BUTCH MERIWETHER/For the Miner<BR> Mohave County Public Works prepares to take care of flooding on South Estrella Road in Golden Valley after a recent storm.

KINGMAN - There are three types of roadways Mohave County Public Works Road Division maintains - tertiary roads, regularly-maintained dirt roads and hard-serviced roads (under the regularly-maintained road program) and some of which are designated as county highways.

Tertiary roads are defined as public road maintenance that consists only of roadway maintenance and minor repairs which normally only occur after all other roadway maintenance operations in the county are completed.

"The tertiary-road designation falls under ARS 28-6705(B), which provides that the Board of Supervisors may spend public funds for maintenance of roadways that were not laid out, constructed, and opened before June 13, 1990, even if the roads were not constructed to a county standard," said Mohave County Public Works Director Steven Latowski. "While other Arizona counties may not use the tertiary descriptor, we understand certain counties, such as Pinal, provide a 'courtesy' maintenance when not meeting adopted county standards."

The county maintains 89.91 miles tertiary roads. That includes 35.93 miles in Golden Valley, 24.91 miles in Dolan Springs, and 2.42 miles in Meadview, one mile in White Hills, 2.47 miles in Lake Havasu City (areas outside the city limits), 3.05 miles in Mohave Valley and 20.13 miles in other areas of the county such as the Arizona Strip.

Regularly-maintained dirt roads are maintained through an assigned blade route and are normally graded on an interval of five weeks. However, according to county officials, the interval may be adjusted due to unscheduled assignments for road repair during flooding and periods of heavy snowfall.

The county is responsible for 1,209.33 miles of regularly-maintained unpaved roads. That includes 123.70 miles in Golden Valley, 48.87 miles in Dolan Springs, 9.34 miles in Meadview, 7.88 miles in White Hills, 6.81 miles in Lake Havasu City (areas outside the city limits), 64.96 miles in Mohave Valley and 946.77 miles in other areas of the county such as the Arizona Strip.

Also under the regularly-maintained road designation are those that are hard surfaced. That includes 74.75 miles in Golden Valley (parts of Oatman Highway falls within its geographic boundaries), 30.84 miles in Dolan Springs, and 50.91 miles in Meadview, 17.92 miles in White Hills, 31.50 miles in Lake Havasu City (areas outside the city limits), 237.03 miles in Mohave Valley and 364.81 miles in other areas of the county such as the Arizona Strip for a total of 807.76 miles.

There are four roads currently on the waiting list to be hard surfaced. They are Bolsa Drive from Egar Road west to Gilbert Road, and Egar Road from Agua Fria Drive to Chinle Drive, both in Golden Valley, and two small roadway sections - .11 miles of Round Valley Road north of I-40 (east of Kingman) and .55 miles of Bolsa Drive from Shipping Lane to Grossman Road in the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park. According to county officials, those projects are on hold due to the non-availability of millings (ground up asphalt from previously repaired roads).

As part of the regularly-maintained (both un-surfaced and surfaced roads), there are 871.05 miles of roads that are designated as a county highway. That includes 92.46 miles in Golden, 52.71 miles in Dolan Springs, and 45.79 miles in Meadview, 17.92 miles in White Hills, 3.67 miles in Lake Havasu City (areas outside the city limits), 126.18 miles in Mohave Valley and 532.32 miles in other areas of the county such as the Arizona Strip

In order for a resident to have a road placed in the tertiary-road maintenance program, regularly-maintained dirt road program and/or designated as a county highway, they must submit a petition with resident signatures to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors. The BOS will, in turn, submit the petition to Public Works for review and written recommendation. Depending upon the type of petition by a resident, county regulations stipulate how many signatures are required.

In the case of a county highway designation, Public Works submits the petition and their recommendation to the Mohave County Transportation Commission (a volunteer 10-member-citizen-advisory committee) that represents the five Supervisor Districts) for review and recommendation. Each of the five supervisors is allowed two volunteers on the commission. Currently there are only six members currently serving on the Transportation Commission - Supervisor District 3 Buster Johnson does not have anyone serving, Supervisor District 1 Gary Watson only has one person serving on the advisory committee, Supervisor District 4 Jean Bishop is also short one member. Supervisors Steve Moss (District 5) and Hildy Angius (District 2) have no vacancies.

As part of the process of petitioning the BOS to have a road designated as a county highway, citizens are allowed to appear before the Transportation Commission monthly meeting and plead their case about their petition and of course, other concerned citizens are also allowed to speak to the various agenda items.

Once the review and recommendations are complete, Public Works provides the BOS with written documentation indicating the particular road either meets or does not meet the design standards. Part of their written recommendation includes, but is not limited to, information on the estimated average traffic usage, the number of residents residing along the particular road, and whether the roadway serves a school, church or other public facility.

For further information and questions about the Transportation Division and roadways located within the county, contact the Mohave County Public Works Department at (928) 757-0910, visit their offices located at 3715 Sunshine Drive in Kingman or visit them on the web at http://www.mohavecounty.us.