Interchanges left off ADOT five-year plan
$1.6 million earmarked for airport upgrades
KINGMAN - The Arizona Department of Transportation has released a draft of its wish list of projects for the next five years, and Rattlesnake Wash (now known as Rancho Santa Fe Parkway) and Kingman Crossing - two Interstate 40 projects east of the I-40 interchange at Andy Devine Avenue - are not on the list.
According to the ADOT website, the department is asking for more than $5.6 billion in funds for projects over the next five years. About half of that money is from a 2004 sales tax from the Phoenix area and will go toward Phoenix area projects.
According to the draft plan, around $163,233 in projects is slated for the Mohave County area, including repairs to bridges at Flat Top Wash and along the Virgin River; repaving a frontage road at the Shinarump/I-40 interchange, at the Ashfork weigh station and along Route 66 from Airway Avenue to Mohave Airport Drive; and expanding U.S. 93 at Antelope Wash to four lanes.
Michelle Beggs, public information officer for the Kingman ADOT office, confirmed that Rancho Santa Fe Parkway and Kingman Crossing were not on the list. Rancho Santa Fe was on last year's five-year plan, but was pushed past 2016 this year, she said. ADOT is expected to fund about $25.4 million of the $36 million Rancho Santa Fe project. The city will pay for the rest.
There is also an estimated $1.6 million in projects for the Kingman Airport and Industrial Complex, including re-pavement of runways, ramp reconstruction, an environmental impact study for future expansion of the runway and a new terminal. The plan also calls for $64,900 in improvements to Lake Havasu Airport and $1.2 million to the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport.
The Kingman Airport Authority submitted a similar plan last year, but because of the state budget, there were no funds, said Brenda Chastain, director of corporate administration. The two most important projects the authority is hoping to get funded are an overlay of pavement on the primary runway and to finish off the reconstruction of the south ramp.
Most of the work on the ramp was funded through a stimulus grant, she said.
Beggs warned that the ADOT board of directors has not approved the plan yet, and funding has not been approved, so it could change.
She encouraged residents to visit ADOT's website (www.azdot.gov), look at the five-year plan and e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to ADOT's Tentative Five Year Program, Communication and Community Partnerships, 206 South 17th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007.
Comments will also be collected at two public hearings slated for 9 a.m. April 15 at the ADOT Administration Building, 206 South 17th Ave. Phoenix, and at 9 a.m. May 20 at the Flagstaff City Council Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave. Comments must be in to ADOT by June 3.
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