BULLHEAD CITY — The Arizona Department of Transportation is planning a highway safety improvement project on Arizona Highway 95 from milepost 237.9, at the intersection of 95 and Aztec Road, in Fort Mohave, to milepost 241, at the southern intersection of Highway 95 and Bullhead City Parkway. 

The 3-mile-plus stretch in Bullhead City and Fort Mohave consists of two through lanes in each direction of travel and a two-way left turn lane. Commercial businesses line both sides of the highway in much of the area. There are traffic signals on Highway 95 at Aztec Road, Camp Mohave Road, Corwin Road, Long Avenue and the parkway.

Curbs are absent for much of the project limits. Traffic entering and exiting at multiple points results in turning conflicts with traffic. Crash rates along the Highway 95 corridor within the project limits are above statewide averages. 

“The purpose of this project is to construct a raised median to restrict the number of locations for left-turn access, reducing potential conflicts,” ADOT staff said. “Many of the crashes are rear end, left turn, and angle crashes which are commonly associated with congested traffic conditions at intersections and uncontrolled access points.” 

Scope of work for this project would consist of:

  • Constructing raised medians along the center of the roadway from just north of the Aztec Road intersection to just south of Bullhead Parkway, with median openings for left turns provided at Gemini Street, Camino Colorado, Camp Mohave Road, La Entrada Drive (southbound only), Valencia Road, Gardner Road, Dunlap Road, Sterling Road, Rising Sun Road (northbound only), Central Avenue, Richardo Avenue, Long Avenue and North Avenue. The raised medians installed as part of the recent Corwin Road Project will be maintained.
  • Installing scuppers or other drainage features to facilitate drainage from the new median.
  • Obliterating areas of existing roadway striping, applying a fog coat or slurry seal to the pavement, and applying new striping.
  • Installing new pavement markers.
  • Installing new signs and replacing existing signs (as needed).
  • Reconstructing Americans with Disabilities Act pedestrian access facilities, including curb ramps, sidewalks, driveways, and pedestrian refuge islands.

Project construction is tentatively scheduled for 2020, with an expected construction duration of six months. Any construction requiring the closure of a through lane would occur at night.

Traffic would be controlled to minimize effects on motorists, pedestrians, and construction personnel, as needed. Access to businesses would be maintained throughout construction. No permanent right-of-way would be required; however, temporary construction easements may be needed as design progresses.

Direct any specific concerns, suggestions or recommendations pertaining to the proposed project by Nov. 29, to ADOT, c/o Anthony Scolaro, WSP, 1230 W Washington St., Suite 405, Tempe, Arizona, 85281; telephone 480-449-4939; or email Anthony.scolaro@wsp.com.

(2) comments

den2be99

This will only make more accidents happen as local and visitor do not pay attention to where they are stopping in the middle of the road or are not in the turn lane as it was meant to be used. No they stop in the lane and then think of turning and cause's an accident. Waste money to fix this is impossible. But you guys think more and more on restricting flow , when it's the stupids that stop in the lane of travel and then turn or they are not paying attrition to the traffic. None of which will be fixed by a raised media. Raise awareness of safe driving practices on line and posters and TV ads would do far more than a raised curb that will still get driven over and help cause more crashes. Sorry no sidewalks included or added as they are needed all the way also? How about adding a signal light in a couple of places and timed for flow in rush hours???

Tinmania

Sorry, denn2be99, I don't agree at all. The middle lane, as it is now, is practically a suicide lane, especially so in areas of high number of businesses. You want to go to Red Dragon, the car coming at you wants to turn into the business across the street. Someone has to give, or even notice, to avoid a head-on, or angled collision (as literally noted right in this article).

I feel it is insane to have a middle lane in a commercial area, or congested area, that allows traffic going in opposite directions. That is the issue. Most places handle that elevated danger by implementing a raised divider, with left turn cutouts for one direction only. Can't see why anyone would be against something that has a track record in preventing injury and death (note this section of 95 has an increased number of accidents due to the middle lane, also noted in the article).

Finally, the timing of the lights is not an issue in itself. I mean, they aren't "timed" as in run only when a timer triggers it. They are triggered by sensors/cameras. The issue is the duration of the light being green too short for 95 traffic during rush hour. The sensors only measure several or so vehicles at the light (maybe three or so in each lane), and duration is triggered by number of vehicles. But during rush hour, there can be dozens of vehicles at the red light on 95 at Camp Mohave but the light naively assumes it was "green long enough" and triggers a red. Meanwhile there were 8 vehicles total waiting at Camp Mohave to turn onto or cross 95. They get almost the same duration green light as the much-heavier traffic on 95. That is what is crazy. So is the fact that the lights at the college and Meadow trigger with no vehicles at all--with the longest of red cycles. That is just wasteful and crazy.

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