KINGMAN – Widening Stockton Hill Road to six lanes between Detroit and Airway Avenue is the number one priority identified in the updated Transportation Master plan adopted during the Dec. 5 Kingman City Council meeting. The plan recommends 23 low to top priority infrastructure projects totaling almost $700-million to maintain sufficiency in the local transportation network through 2045.

The master plan was completed by Kimley-Horn, a design and engineering firm that served as consultant under contract. It was last updated back in 2011.

“In general, Kingman’s transportation network functions very well,” project manager Michael Grandy told council members. “There are a few problem areas, but overall, compared to a lot of other cities in Arizona and other parts of the country, we feel that Kingman’s transportation network is in good shape.”

Public transit system investments are among the top 20 recommended projects. The plan also assigns priority for widening certain stretches of Hualapai Mountain Rd., Airway Ave., Gordon Dr., Harrison St. and Beverly Ave.

“We’re looking at not only the current conditions and some of the pinch points that we have,” said Assistant Public Works Director Jack Plaunty. “We’ve all seen the connectivity issues that you run into on the east side of town, or if you are trying to cross between Stockton Hill and Andy Devine.”

The master plan serves as a roadmap and guidance tool for city officials to plan and fund transportation in the years ahead.

“This information is what’s going to be driving future capital improvement projects…and everything is going to be backed up with data and information,” said interim city manager Grady Miller. “I would say we probably need to do a refresh on this in five years with the growth that we’re anticipating. We don’t want to wait another 11 or 12 years before we do another one of these plans.”