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Transportation forum to tackle I-40 crossings

More ways to cross Interstate 40 and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway are topics that could come up Wednesday during a meeting about transportation issues.

City officials invite residents to the meeting from 4:30 p.m.

to 6 p.m.

in the Kingman City Council chamber at 310 N.

Fourth St.

The program is informal with participants able to ask questions and discuss issues with city engineering staff.

Written comments will be accepted and a short survey taken.

Comments will be used for the Kingman Area Transportation Study, which was previously updated in 1997.

The process identifies current traffic conditions and priorities for the next five, 10 and 20 years.

During a meeting May, 14 people attended.

Six said additional railroad crossings and crossings of I-40 were priorities.

Mayor Les Byram has called the geographic barriers of the railroad, I-40 and the mountains key challenges for development of Kingman and transportation corridors.

Traffic will be counted at 33 street sites to determine current travel.

Major intersections and all three I-40 interchanges will be analyzed.

Those intersections include Stockton Hill Road at Beverly Avenue and at the Wal-Mart/hospital signal, Airway Avenue at Harrison and Bank streets, Gordon Drive at Stockton Hill Road, and Stockton Hill and Andy Devine Avenue at Hualapai Mountain road.

Some issues city officials have asked consultants to address are:

• Improved access to areas east of the railroad.

• Making Louise and Sims avenues one-way streets to alleviate congestion on Louise Avenue.

• A proposed Rattlesnake Wash I-40 interchange which would be along a proposed parkway from Kingman Airport to Hualapai Mountain Road.

• The I-40 and Stockton Hill Road interchange.

• Congestion at I-40 and Beale Street and U.S.

Highway 93.

The engineering study group interviewed community leaders in July.

They considered improving the I-40 interchange at Stockton Hill Road and building the Rattlesnake Wash interchange east of Kingman to be top priorities.

Extending Western Avenue and Fairgrounds Boulevard under I-40 were high on the list.

None of those priority items are currently on the ADOT five-year plan.

The transportation study update is a joint project of Kingman, Mohave County, the Western Arizona Council of Governments and the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The engineering firm is Parsons Brinkerhoff Quade and Douglas.

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