Rancho Santa Fe Interchange Update

Published by The Bee News

October 11, 2019

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KINGMAN, Ariz. – The City of Kingman held a design meeting with ADOT staff and AECOM this week, and discussed next steps. Working on securing right of way clearance and working with landowners on a public-private partnership that will address funding for the connector streets and utilities; two key tasks moving forward, and keeping the project on schedule. Tentatively, the design could be completed by May 2020, and ADOT could potentially send the project to bid as early as July 2020.

Earlier this year, State Representative Regina Cobb was able appropriate $20 million for the Rancho Santa Fe interchange. Thanks to the advocacy of Representative Regina Cobb in the legislature, and long-standing support of leaders in the City of Kingman and Mohave County as well as the Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association (KAMMA), WACOG and others, state leaders are recognizing Kingman as an important area for economic development.

For over forty years, the Rancho Santa Fe 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.

The state’s appropriation provides a portion of the funding for the interchange. The City of Kingman is working with landowners on a public-private partnership that will address funding for the connector streets and utilities.

Next steps include:

  • Finalize the 95% design of the traffic interchanges and arterial roadways (proposed FY20)
  • Identify & Secure Right of Way (FY19 & 20)


Rancho Santa Fe 2019 Appropriation

Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2748 that includes language on state Capital Outlay Appropriations. One section specifically appropriates $20 million to Kingman for traffic interchanges east of Kingman on Interstate 40.

Specific budget language:

Sec. 22. Appropriation; department of administration; traffic interchanges; Interstate 40; Kingman; reversion; exemption

  1. The sum of $20,000,000 is appropriated from the state general fund in fiscal year 2019-2020 to the department of administration to distribute to the city of Kingman to construct new Interstate 40 traffic interchanges in Kingman east of State Route 66.
  2. The appropriation made in subsection A of this section shall not be distributed until the city of Kingman has submitted to the director of the joint legislative budget committee, the director of the governor’s office of strategic planning and budgeting and the director of the department of administration a report that the city has raised sufficient monies to fund the remainder of the project’s budget. If the city of Kingman has not submitted the report on or before June 30, 2024, the appropriation made in subsection A of this section reverts to the state general fund on June 30, 2024.
  3. Notwithstanding section 41-1252, Arizona Revised Statutes, the appropriation made in subsection A of this section is not subject to review by the joint committee on capital review.

Rancho Santa Fe Parkway History

  • 1971 – The need for an additional roadway connection to the Airport is identified in the Kingman General Plan
  • 1980 – The project is acknowledged in a Kingman Transportation Study
  • 1999 – The City of Kingman completes a parkway interchange assessment at the present Rancho Santa Fe Parkway alignment
  • 2005 – The Kingman Area Transportation Study recommends the Traffic Interchange (TI) and Rancho Santa Fe Parkway improvements (then known as Rattle Snake TI)
  • 2005 – ADOT programs and funds $598,000 for a Design Concept Report (DCR)
  • 2005 – The City of Kingman signs a Development Agreement with property owners agreeing to certain rezoning and right of way dedications for the Interchange under Ordinance No. 1485
  • 2006 – The City of Kingman signs a Letter of Intent with ADOT agreeing to a 70% State, 30% City cost split for the project (Resolution 4249)
  • 2007 – The Final DCR is complete
  • 2008-2011 – ADOT programs and funds $1.73 million for consultant (URS) to prepare 95% design plans and specifications
  • 2009 –  ADOT includes $18 million for construction on its 5-year plan
  • 2010-2012 – ADOT includes $5 million for the project on its 5-year plan
  • 2008-2018 – The City includes the project on its 5-year plan
  • 2018-2019 – The City funds $1.4 million for a Program Manager and right of way acquisition
  • 2019-2020 – The City proposes $2 million to complete design plans and right of way acquisition

About Kingman –

Founded in 1882 and incorporated in 1952, Kingman is the county seat of Mohave County located in northwest Arizona along Interstate 40, U.S. 93, and the historically famous Route 66. The city’s population is 28,068, and approximately 60,000 including neighboring communities. Kingman is a general law city that operates under a council/city manager form of government with a mayor and six councilmembers elected at large. City government provides a wide range of municipal services that include administration, development services, engineering, public works, parks and recreation, water, sewer and sanitation services, and fire and police.

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