KINGMAN - The Arizona Department of Transportation may be smoothing out the ride for motorists along Interstate 40 this year.
The department opened bids Monday for pavement repairs along the interstate between Holy Moses and Rattlesnake washes. The apparent low bidder was FNF Construction, Inc. of Tempe at $5.7 million. ADOT's estimate for the repairs is $6.4 million.
The project includes grinding down the existing pavement and replacing up to 5 inches of asphalt for approximately 10 miles. It also includes repairs to and the replacement of guardrails, pavement markers and other items.
The project bid will have to be approved by the state transportation board at its next meeting on July 17 in Payson.
Motorists will have to wait 30 to 60 days after that for construction to begin. ADOT is expecting the project to take at least three months to complete.
Other bidders on the project included Southwest Asphalt Paving from Tempe, Markham Contracting Co. from Phoenix, Fann Contracting Co. from Prescott, Granite Construction Co. from Tucson, Meadow Valley Contractors, Inc. from Phoenix and Combs Construction Co. from Glendale. No firms from Kingman bid on the project.