By Jim Seckler for The Daily News
Original Headline: Transportation Board Discusses Road Projects
Meeting in Mohave County for the first time in almost two years, the Arizona Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Board met at the county administration building [to discuss] road projects including Interstate 40, Highway 93 and Highway 95.
The board approved the go ahead with design plans for the Virgin River Bridge on Interstate 15 in the Arizona Strip The project is expected to cost $21.6M. Board members questioned the other six bridges on I-15 that also need repair.
ADOT District Engineer Mike Kondelis reported on the progress of Highway 93 south of Interstate 40. Three sections of about two miles each are left to be completed on the stretch from the I-40 to Wickenburg. The highway’s widening project from two to four lanes has also led to the decrease of fatal crashes on the highway.
Kondelis also spoke of repairing and widening the eastbound Flat Top Wash Bridge on I-40 near the Lake Havasu City interchange. A current project is repaving and completing other repairs to Highway 66 from Kingman to the airport.
Kondelis also said the stalled project to realign Highway 95 from Highway 68 through Bullhead City to I-40 could also be put back on track in about a month. Another future project is the I-40 interchange in Kingman. Currently the I-40 off ramp into downtown Kingman connecting to Highway 93 has created a backup on the interstate during busy times. Adding a fourth interchange at Rattlesnake Wash in east Kingman was also discussed.
The board also heard an update from Michael Kies, ADOT director of planning, on a design study for the Interstate 11 project that would connect Las Vegas with Phoenix replacing the existing Highway 93 that runs from Las Vegas to Kingman and then reconnects east of Kingman, south to Wickenburg. No new funding is in the current federal budget. Public meetings would be scheduled to bring cities, counties, landowners and commercial business together on the project.
The board also heard a financial report on Highway User Revenue Funds, which showed a 0.5 percent growth for the fiscal year as compared to 5 or 6 percent growth in past years. The bad economy from 2006 to 2011 showed a $2 billion loss of HURF funds, according to Kristine Ward, ADOT assistant director of financing.
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