Council Authorizes Payment to ADOT for Construction of the Rancho Santa Fe Traffic Interchange

Published by The Bee News

June 5, 2024

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Pictured are: Back Row- Councilmember Cengiz Arik, Deputy Police Chief Joel Freed, Councilmember Smiley Ward. City Attorney Carl Cooper, Fire Chief Jack Yeager, Councilmember Keith Walker, City Manager Tim Walsh, Public Works Director Rob Owen, and Economic Development Director Bennett Bratley. Front Row- Deputy City Manager/Finance Director Tina Moline, Kingman Chamber President Becky Fawson, Councilmember Jamie Stehly, Mayor Ken Watkins, Vice Mayor Cherish Sammeli, Councilmember Shawn Savage, and Acting City Engineer Mike Garmon.


KINGMAN, Ariz. – It is with great enthusiasm that the City of Kingman announces that the Rancho Santa Fe Traffic Interchange project has taken a giant leap toward construction. Excitement and applause filled the room at the June 4th City Council meeting, as the Council wasted no time voting unanimously to approve payment of the $48,282,772.86 invoice to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for their portion of the interchange construction costs.

The City has been working diligently to bring this project to fruition, and the energy from everyone in the room was moving. The City Council is determined to see this project come to fruition, as was made evident in their commitment to allocate the funding necessary to start construction.

The project is scheduled to be on the upcoming June 21st ADOT Board agenda for adoption into their programmed projects list, and is anticipated to be advertised for bid in early July. Additional updates as to the project status and construction timeline will be shared on the City of Kingman website.

“Finally, after all of these years, a project that was first proposed in the ’70s is coming together. This is a big day for Kingman, and I am excited to see what this project will bring,” said Councilmember Jamie Scott Stehly.

Kingman Mayor Ken Watkins said, “I, like the other members of Council, am thrilled that we are at this point with this project. It is important to thank all of the stakeholders and leaders who have remained dedicated to this project and all of the support we have received along the way. This is a huge infrastructure development for our community, and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on our future.”

The Rancho Santa Fe traffic interchange (previously known as Rattlesnake Wash) has been identified as critical transportation infrastructure needed to boost the economic vitality of northwest Arizona. The interchange and connector roads will connect Kingman’s Municipal Airport and Industrial Park to I-40 and the future I-11 commerce corridor.

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