Rancho Santa Fe Traffic Interchange Update

Published by The Bee News

December 22, 2021

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KINGMAN, Ariz. – The City of Kingman is pleased to announce the development agreement for the Rancho Santa Fe Traffic Interchange has been signed by KDP Manager, LLC, and the City of Kingman. The next steps are for KDP Manager, LLC to submit an irrevocable letter of credit, then the city will request the $20 million the State Legislature appropriated for the project. Once the financing is in place, the city will submit the completed traffic interchange plans to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for review. After ADOT completes the plan review the project will be put out for bids.

Kingman Mayor Jen Miles said, “I am truly thrilled that we can announce that KDP Manager, LLC, and the City of Kingman have completed signing the Rancho Santa Fe Traffic Interchange (TI) development agreement. Though there are still a number of steps to be taken before groundbreaking occurs, this agreement is the cornerstone on which to move forward with assurance that all parties to the agreement are working together and in accord. This agreement has been made possible by the actions and advocacy of many people and organizations for many years. As progress on the TI continues, many of these contributions will be highlighted. For now, it is simply important to thank all those stakeholders and leaders, current and past, who have maintained on-going support and dedication to this project and the vision it represents. We know that this infrastructure development positions our city for a promising, prosperous future that leverages our important regional location and assets to advance our transportation, distribution, and industrial sectors.”

Kingman City Manager Ron Foggin said, “We are happy to be progressing with this important project for the community, and look forward to the next steps in continuing to get Rancho Santa Fe under construction within the new year.”

The City of Kingman has budgeted $16.7 million to cover its share of the project. 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. KDP Manager, LLC can be reached for questions at (702) 365-5200.

Rancho Santa Fe 2019 Appropriation Background

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 (now) Kingman Municipal 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
  • June 2020 – Interlocal Governmental Agreement (IGA) complete and executed with ADOT to bid out and manage the Rancho Santa Fe Traffic Interchange (TI)
  • November 2020 – Development agreement approved by Kingman City Council
  • December 2020 – All right-of-way required by ADOT for the TI accepted
  • August 2021 – AECOM completed 95% plans for the TI
  • December 2021 – City receives the signed development agreement and required payment from KDP Manager, LLC

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