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Transportation study to examine railroad crossing, traffic

A new look for the Louise Avenue railroad crossing and other traffic and road needs in the Kingman Area will be the focus of a study projected for bid after Oct.

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Kingman Community Development Director Dennis Roberts said the study will look at the Kingman area, not just the city.

It will be paid for by the Arizona Department of Transportation, Mohave County and the city of Kingman.

"A lot of things have changed in and around Kingman since the 1997 KAT (Kingman Area Transportation) study was completed," Roberts said.

"Many projects have been completed or are in the design stage."

One of those completed projects is the widening of Stockton Hill Road north past Northern Avenue.

Also, medians were built along sections of Stockton Hill Road based on accident data in the 1997 study.

A public transit system is scheduled to begin bus runs in April 2003.

Analysis of the need, potential rider ship and systems in other cities were part of the 1997 KAT study.

An additional study specific to public transit was used by the city to plan the bus system.

"We are going to construct this KAT study update to get answers to some specific issues," Roberts said.

"It is time to plan the next group of street and road projects."

The 1997 KAT study did not consider relocating the Louise Avenue railroad crossing or building an underpass or overpass across the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

The 1997 study evaluated a railroad underpass at Airway Avenue and estimated the cost.

That project is in the design stage.

Roberts expects the Louise Avenue crossing and a crossing at Topeka Street downtown to be part of the new KAT study.

The Kingman City Council, city staff and residents have discussed several options to improve traffic flow along Stockton Hill Road, especially at Beverly Avenue and the Interstate 40 interchange.

The freeway cuts Hilltop in two.

"There has been much discussion of extending Fairgrounds Boulevard and/or Western Avenue under I-40," Roberts said.

"We want this study to determine if either project is even feasible.

Frontage roads have also been discussed.

ADOT participates in the study and would be a key decision maker in any changes along I-40, Roberts said.

Gordon Drive is the next east/west route on the one-mile grid north of I-40, Roberts said.

Airway Avenue and Northern Avenue are pretty well completed.

Roberts said the two previous KAT studies have been general and left some specific questions unanswered.

"It is the specific feasibility of several of these traffic options that have been under discussion that need answers," he said.

"We need to know the future needs in enough detail so right of way can be acquired as development occurs."

Roberts said a traffic grid for development east of the railroad does not exist.

Eastern Avenue is the only north/south street between Hualapai Mountain Road and the part of Airway Avenue east of the tracks.

Louise and Southern avenues are the primary east/west arterials with no curb and gutter or sidewalks.

Roberts said the completion of the Eastern Golden Gate Improvement District and the sewer line extension north of Louise Avenue to the north of Rancho Santa Fe are expected to attract development.

Roberts will prepare the request for bid for the study and present the proposal to the mayor and city council for discussion and a formal decision.

The updated KAT study is intended to give the council better information for planning transportation infrastructure in the city.

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