Participants in the Rancho Santa Fe Interchange celebrate funding for the project.

State Funds Rancho Santa Fe Interchange

PHOTO: Participants in the Rancho Santa Fe Interchange celebrate funding for the project. From left, (front row) they are Kingman Mayor Jen Miles and Gov. Doug Ducey, (back row) Kingman Vice Mayor Travis Lingenfelter, State Rep. Regina Cobb and John Hansen, president of Kingman and Mohave County Manufacturing Association.  Photo provided by Travis Lingenfelter

KINGMAN — After years of wrangling, the Arizona legislature has approved a $20 million appropriation for the Rancho Santa Fe Interchange Project.

The project will give the region security in the future by making Kingman a transportation hub. The infrastructure will create more jobs and will make the city more livable. Kingman’s Municipal Airport and Industrial Park will connect via the interchange and it will give access to land that can be used for residential, commercial and industrial development.

Part of the I-11 E Connection Project, the need for the interchange has been debated since the early 1970s. The Arizona Department of Transportation funded almost $2 million in 2008 for design plans and specifications for the interchange.

But the Great Recession thwarted plans for the proposed interchange, although city officials continued to push for its development. Local legislators have lent a hand, especially state Rep. Regina Cobb, as well as Gov. Doug Ducey.

“We thank the many who have advocated for the RSF project knowing that it is vital to Kingman’s future prosperity and quality of life,” said Kingman Mayor Jen Miles.

“The city will now proceed to take the necessary steps to develop agreements with local and state partners to move forward on this project. This is a moment in time when all of us, as stakeholders in Kingman’s future, can celebrate such positive progress.”

Kingman Vice Mayor Travis Lingenfelter also credited Cobb for securing funding as part of the state’s budget. He also thanked Ducey and Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association (KAMMA) leadership.

“This project is transformative and it positions the City of Kingman on a track to become the strong regional economic hub that we all know it can be, both for current residents and for future generations of Kingmanites,” said Lingenfelter. “Ever forward for Kingman, Arizona.”