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I-40 facelift starts next week

Kingman interchanges will be temporarily closed at some point during work

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The section of Interstate 40 that runs through Kingman, including the area pictured near the Stockton Hill Road exit, will undergo repairs starting next week.
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JC AMBERLYN/Miner The section of Interstate 40 that runs through Kingman, including the area pictured near the Stockton Hill Road exit, will undergo repairs starting next week. <b><a href="Formlayout.asp?formcall=userform&form=20"target="_blank">Click here to purchase this image as a print or photo gift</a></b>

KINGMAN - After months of preparation and deliberation, a $5.7 million repaving project along Kingman's stretch of Interstate 40 is finally set to begin later this month.

The job's principal contractor, Phoenix-based FNF Construction, anticipates the repaving work along a 10-mile stretch of I-40 from Holy Moses Wash to Rattlesnake Wash will start sometime the week of Sept. 14. According to Arizona Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Michele Beggs, the work will take place between midnight and 6 p.m. each weekday on both sides of the highway, though crews will cease at 2 p.m. each Friday and resume at 1 a.m. the following Monday, leaving the highway free to Beggs noted, however, that traffic control devices would remain in place 24 hours a day regardless of whether workers are present, and motorists should expect rolling lane closures throughout the construction period.

Temporary closures

Since the work also includes improvements to the west Kingman, east Kingman and Stockton Hill Road traffic interchanges, motorists should expect each of the three interchanges to be closed at some point in the next two months as well.

In addition to repaving I-40's notoriously rough surface, FNF is also scheduled to install new traffic sensors and upgraded guard rails, replace pavement markers and install new rumble strips on the highway's shoulders. The improvements are expected to be complete by mid-November, before falling temperatures can start to interfere with the work. "If we don't get it done by mid-November, they'll have to come back out and spray, and we don't want that," Beggs said. She added that the improvements "will not only extend the life of the pavement's surface, providing a safer ride for locals and others traveling through our area, but it will also facilitate the efficient movement of goods and services through Kingman.

Smooth ride

"I think they're going to be very pleased. It'll be a nice, smooth ride," she concluded.

For more information on the I-40 rehabilitation project, call ADOT at (877) 497-5203 or e-mail Beggs at mbeggs@azdot.gov. Drivers are also advised to stay updated on lane closures and other traffic restrictions by going to ADOT's travel information Web site, www.az511.gov, or by calling 5-1-1.