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ADOT nixes plan for Fort Mohave roundabout

May 6, 2019

FORT MOHAVE — A proposed roundabout at a busy Fort Mohave intersection has been scrapped, largely because of local opposition to the planned circular traffic-control installation.

“A heavily opposed roundabout proposed ... in west Mohave County will not be installed,” the Arizona Department of Transportation determined on Thursday, according to an ADOT news release. ADOT “has determined the roundabout will not be implemented on State Route 95 at Aztec Road.”

“I think they’ll be overjoyed at the news,” Mohave County Sup. Ron Gould, whose District 5 includes Fort Mohave, said of his constituents. “I don’t think I’ve run across anyone” who wanted the roundabout, he added, noting that he, personally, was against the proposal.

He said the public’s vocal opposition swayed ADOT into making the decision.

“That’s exactly what it was,” he said.

“The people told ADOT that they didn’t want it.”

He said that he and District 2 Sup. Hildy Angius, along with State Rep. Regina Cobb, met with ADOT officials to express that sentiment.

“We stayed right in there and told them ...” he said. “We made that perfectly clear: We don’t want it.”

Angius agreed.

“This was a long process and a lot of citizens in Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Mohave Valley were instrumental in this decision not to go forward on constructing the roundabout,” she said. “We thank ADOT for listening to the voices of the people and for rearranging their plans to address the safety and welfare of motorists in Mohave County.”

Instead, the intersection will have other, less intrusive traffic-control measures. ADOT, in a traffic study conducted earlier this decade, placed daily traffic at between 25,000 and 40,000 vehicles in a 12-mile segment of Highway 95 from Aviation Way in Bullhead City to Teller Road in Fort Mohave.

“Rather, ADOT will install protected left-turn phasing and a raised center median,” the news release said. “Protected left-turn phasing will improve safety by only allowing left turns from (Highway 95) onto Aztec Road with a green arrow.”

Gould said that should alleviate many of the problems — frequent accidents involving vehicles turning onto Highway 95 from Aztec or onto Aztec from Highway 95 — at the busy intersection.

“We have a high amount of left-turn accidents in that area,” Gould said.

ADOT said the new plan should be sufficient for the short term but that it may revisit the intersection in the future.

“In the long term, with a continued increase in traffic volume, additional improvements may be needed,” the ADOT statement said. “ADOT will also continue to monitor the crash history at the intersection and determine if additional safely improvements are needed.”