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Contrary to comments made by city officials and others, the state transportation department has not endorsed any aspect of the proposed freeway interchanges.

KINGMAN - While some in Kingman become passionately animated about highly publicized Interstate 40 interchange projects, the man who heads up the Arizona Department of Transportation in the region treats the subject matter with the calm of a seasoned professional.

 

ADOT District Engineer Alvin Stump has already witnessed interchange controversies play out in Prescott, Yuma, the Verde Valley and elsewhere. Stump said ADOT won’t get involved as Kingman officials and citizens continue to argue about the Kingman Crossing and Rancho Santa Fe interchange initiatives that have been merged and rebranded as the I-11 East Kingman Connection project.

“We’re not here to get in the middle of their business. We’re here to be a resource,” Stump said, during a recent interview with The Standard.

While some have argued that ADOT favors one construction delivery method over another, or that ADOT supports building both interchanges in one project, Stump said that is not the case. Stump said ADOT has taken no official position on such matters.

Stump said he personally prefers the construction manager at risk (CMAR) approach, but he said the agency has no requirement regarding whether CMAR, design-build or the design-bid-build construction delivery method is employed. 

“We’ll go with whatever option,” Stump said. “If the city is coming to us with money to build a project, we’ll go with whatever option they want to go with.”

Stump said ADOT also has no preference as to whether the interchanges are built one at a time or simultaneously.

The only thing certain about either interchange will be ADOT’s involvement. “We want to administer the part of the contract that's within our right of way,” Stump said.

A Kingman delegation will present the interchanges and ask for $20-million in funding commitments during a Nov. 27 meeting with Gov. Doug Ducey’s staff and through meetings with ADOT officials next year. While Stump said ADOT likes partnering with local jurisdictions, he said there's no telling if any money will be provided.

“The answer to that question is, I don't know,” Stump said.

Stump noted the agency is having a difficult time keeping up with paving maintenance programs, let alone funding new transportation infrastructure. Stump said Arizona should probably double its current annual investment of $300 million for maintenance.

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