BLM announces temporary restrictions to access roads on public lands near Kingman

Published by The Bee News

February 26, 2020

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KINGMAN, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management Kingman Field Office announced there will be temporary restrictions on newly constructed access roads to allow for the construction of a 24,527-acre wind farm in the White Hills area, 40 miles northwest of Kingman (see map). Beginning February 29, these new construction roads may be intermittently restricted, for public safety, to allow installation of wind turbines, electric collector lines, and communication lines needed to construct the 350-megawatt wind farm.

When restrictions are necessary, the new roads will be marked with signs and roadblocks. No previously existing roads on public lands in the area will be restricted.

One of the Department of the Interior’s priorities is to “sustainably develop our energy and natural resources,” and this project is designed to produce renewable energy for neighboring markets. “We understand the importance of supporting the Department’s priorities and are happy to see this project move forward to provide clean, renewable energy to multiple communities,” said Kingman Field Manager Amanda Dodson. 

The wind farm project, owned by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, a Florida-based energy company, was approved by the BLM in 2013. In 2019, the BLM authorized construction and operations activities under an approved plan of development. The project is expected to be completed by December 2020.

For more information, please contact the Kingman Field Office at 928-718-3700.

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