City to take over maintenance of Route 66
Route 66 from the interchange of Andy Devine Avenue and Interstate 40 to the Beale Street interchange will become city of Kingman property by July 1 through an agreement with the state.
"There is no question the maintenance of Route 66 will be a significant cost for Kingman in the future," Roger Swenson, Kingman city manager, said.
The Arizona Department of Transportation will remove the I-40B business route designation and Kingman will be solely responsible for maintenance.
Swenson estimates the annual maintenance cost at $60,000.
The Kingman City Council authorized the staff in December to negotiate with ADOT, knowing the state has the legal right to transfer the highway to Kingman.
"We have known for some time that this was coming," Mayor Les Byram said.
"I assume this is the best deal we can get with ADOT."
The city will receive $240,000 from the state to complete drainage work at Michael Street and Andy Devine Avenue near I-40 and to pay any ADOT costs incurred by extending Airway Avenue under the railroad.
Swenson said the drainage project would cost about $40,000.
ADOT will complete design and oversee construction of a pedestrian walkway and bridge over a drainage channel between the Powerhouse Visitor Center and a sidewalk on the south side of Andy Devine Avenue, which is part of Route 66.
Currently, pedestrians either walk through the channel or to the automobile entrance.
The bridge will not address the problem of crossing Andy Devine Avenue to Locomotive Park.
It will allow pedestrians to walk directly from the visitor center to the Mohave Museum of History and Art.
ADOT will complete signal rehabilitation at the intersections of Grandview Avenue, Eighth Street, Fourth Street and Stockton Hill Road along Andy Devine Avenue.
The signal at Tucker Street will be removed and the parts given to the city for repair of other signals.
The city will continue to provide electrical energy for the traffic signals.
Councilman Tom Spear said the control of Route 66 by the city could have some positive results and allow the city to do some signing and tourist related activities.
"There may be a way to make lemonade out of this lemon," Spear said.
He is executive director of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona and will spend more time in that role when his term as councilman is completed in June.
ADOT has completed several enhancements to Route 66 recently including the landscaping of the south side from Hoover Street to the Powerhouse downtown.
The city will maintain the plantings along the route.
ADOT will continue maintaining Route 66 from Kingman most of the way to Seligman.
It was chip-sealed to the Mohave County line a year ago.
The section of Route 66 from Seligman through Kingman and Oatman to Topock is the longest uninterrupted section of the historic road still open to regular traffic.
The section is the site of the annual Fun Run that draws more than 700 cars and many tourists the first weekend in May each year.