The new Intersate 11 will go between Kingman, Az and Las Vegas, NV. MCR/Jared Poledna/File Photo
KINGMAN — For over forty years, the Rancho Santa Fe interchange (previously known as Rattlesnake Wash) has been identified as a critical transportation infrastructure needed to boost the economic vitality of northwest Arizona.
The Kingman Municipal Airport and Industrial Park currently provides 2,600 jobs and an annual payroll of over $101 million dollars to the regional economy. The interchange and connector roads will connect Kingman’s Municipal Airport and Industrial Park to I-40 and the future I-11 commerce corridor, creating access to thousands of acres of land for industrial, commercial and residential development.
Now, 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, Governor Ducey’s FY 2020 budget includes $20 million in funding for the Rancho Santa Fe Interchange project.
The vote to approve the Arizona’s state budget for FY 2020 is expected this week. Kingman and the entire Mohave County region stand to benefit upon passage because of the positive economic and safety impacts of this new infrastructure.
The state’s appropriation will create 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.
This project will secure the region’s future for the next forty years as a transportation and logistics hub with livable-wage jobs and a safer, more livable city.
“The reality that Rancho Santa Fe Interchange and Parkway can come to fruition at last is an outcome that can be celebrated,” said Kingman Mayor Jen Miles.
“I ask our citizens to encourage our state representatives to pass the FY 2020 budget now.”