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Mohave Valley, AZ: Water rights transfer and fallowing program proposal became the big topic of discussion during the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting.

Mohave Valley, AZ: Water rights transfer and fallowing program proposal became the big topic of discussion during the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting.

A Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

The meeting had a variety of agenda items that members of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District discussed and voted on, including approving directing staff to secure a legislative consultant for the district and voted to re-elect Charles “Chip” Sherrill as Chairman and Perry Muscelli as Treasurer.

But what had many people in attendance was regarding the water rights transfer and fallowing program proposal related to the Central Arizona Project (C.A.P.).

ZachNews broadcast live on Facebook the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting as board members, Mohave County Officials, and some from the community discussed the water rights transfer and fallowing program proposal.

The Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (C.A.G.R.D.), the operator of the Central Arizona Project (C.A.P.), wants to transfer water rights from farms in Mohave Valley, Arizona for use in the Phoenix, Arizona and Tucson, Arizona areas.

The Central Arizona Project (C.A.P.)’s governing board, the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (C.A.G.R.D.), approved in September 2017 a $34 million purchase agreement for 7 farms in the Mohave Valley, Arizona area.

The 7 farms come with about 13,900 acre feet of fourth priority and has Present Perfected Rights (P.P.R.) mainstream use water supplies.

The Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (C.A.G.R.D.) is pursuing the purchase of the properties and the water rights with the intent of implementing a rotational fallowing program with farmers in the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District (M.V.I.D.D.) to generate a water supply.

The rotational fallowing program is based on a pilot voluntary program the agency created in 2013 with Yuma Mesa Irrigation and Drainage District, and would take 1 acre-foot of water which is equivalent to 326,000 gallons, enough to cover 1 acre of land with a foot of water or what the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District (M.V.I.D.D.) said is enough water to support 3 households for a year.

Concerns from the community and Mohave County Officials over the project taking of the water, including affecting community growth and creating an unhealthy dust environment that would affect farming and community due to those farms being taken out of production during the rotational fallowing program, have many people opposing the Central Arizona Project (C.A.P.) and fallowing program, and all wanting to the water to remain here in their community to be use for their community.

Trent Pike, Assistant to District 5 Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto, said to board members, “This fallowing program, I don’t believe is good at all. I don’t think we should fallow at all unless it’s for our community. You guys have no idea how much water we’re using right now. I know Mark Clark (board member who wasn’t present) had a nice presentation he did last time…” that’s when Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Chairman Charles “Chip” Sherrill interrupted saying, “We know exactly how much water we’re using.”

Trent Pike responded back saying, “No you do, you don’t know how many unregistered wells that are out there…” which Charles “Chip” Sherrill interrupted again saying, “Sure we do, we know…

Trent Pike responded back again saying, “There’s no way you Chip you know how much water we’re using, and there’s no way that you can allow W.P.I. to do a sale with C.A.P. You guys are all against it I do believe – everybody here is against it except for W.P.I. How long has W.P.I. been on this board?”

Trent Pike asked Charles “Chip” Sherrill if he knew how long has W.P.I. been on this board and he said, “5-6 years.”

Trent Pike then asked, “Who brought him to the broad – who brought this guy to the broad?” but nobody said anything.

Trent Pike continued his comments saying, “We’ve had four huge meetings, you guys know why we’re all here. The big elephant in the room, let’s talk about it. What is it – it’s because you guys want to transfer water out of this area. You’re farming for that guy (pointing at Charles “Chip” Sherrill), you know you are; you’re farming a lot Chip. This has got to stop you guys, this is ridiculous.”

Trent Pike then directly his comments to Vince Vasquez, a board member and representative for Water Property Investors (W.P.I.), the New York hedge fund proposing to sell the 7 farms to Central Arizona Project (C.A.P.).

“Vince, you need to go to your people and you need to say, ‘I’ve made a huge mistake — this is not an easy area to take water. It’s a community that cares about their area.’ Tell them you made a big mistake and you don’t want to do that, okay? And you guys, if you stand behind him, you guys are making a big mistake,” said Trent Pike.

Another man – who said he comes from Owens Valley, California – also spoke about the fallowing program and the water issue saying, “My thought of this – I come from Owens Valley and so I’m familiar of one community taking water away from another community, and what happens is it ends up in a big dust bowl. And driving in today, there was a wind blowing – we’re already have a dust bowl. And then the comments you made and a couple fellows made about… a lot less water then we would like.”

The man told members of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District that,” it’s our water, not your (broad members), water it’s our water – you all manage it – that you would even consider partially off to anywhere… because for the potential for down the road if the drought gets worst and that some of us that live here – businesses, farms, whatever – are going to potentially be told someday well you have to close your golf course because we don’t have enough water.

Members of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District encouraged the public to look at the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (C.A.G.R.D.) fallowing program presentation that 2 of their board members heard in a meeting with representatives from Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District last week.

This is just an overview of what (CAGRD) thinks a fallowing program should look like,” said Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Chairman Charles “Chip” Sherrill, adding “We did not negotiate on anything, we were there to listen.

** The Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (C.A.G.R.D.) fallowing program presentation is available at the following Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District (M.V.I.D.D.) website address: **

http://mvidd.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/MVIDD-Fallowing-Program-Concepts-Final-1.pdf

Mohave County Administrator Mike Hendrix also spoke during the meeting and extended an invitation to each of the board members of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District to meet with Supervisor Hildy Angius, Supervisor Lois Wakimoto, and Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Watson to discuss the issue.

We believe there’s quite a few things that we object to that are legal issues. We have serious concerns that any attempt to try to transfer the water down to Central Arizona isn’t legal and we would challenge it with whatever means we have, as long as it takes, whatever it takes. And so, we believe since they are an elected body and my supervisors in the area, and my chairman need to open up a dialogue with them and appeal to the members to actually do the right thing,” said Mohave County Administrator Mike Hendrix.

** Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting Agenda Packet: **

http://mvidd.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-02-06-Regular-Meeting-Agenda-MJP.pdf

For more information regarding the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting, please call: 1 (928) 768-3325.

Fort Mohave, AZ: Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto held a town hall meeting regarding proposed water sale and transfer, roundabouts, and health care.

Fort Mohave, AZ: Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto held a town hall meeting regarding proposed water sale and transfer, roundabouts, and health care.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto held a town hall meeting regarding proposed water sale and transfer, roundabouts on Arizona State Route 95, and health care in Arizona on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at the Fort Mohave Elementary School in Fort Mohave, Arizona.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez attended and broadcast live on Facebook and reposted the video onto YouTube the town hall meeting.

More than 60 people from the community attended the town hall meeting discussing as well as updating the community on the proposed water sale of rights of farm lands in Mohave Valley, Arizona by Central Arizona Project for use in the Phoenix, Arizona  and Tucson, Arizona areas, Arizona Department of Transportation’s roundabouts along Arizona State Route 95 in the Fort Mohave, Arizona area, and about health care affects affecting the Arizona, including subcontractor slow payment issues, Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System (A.H.C.C.C.S.), and and Health Choice Arizona.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto began the town hall meeting talking about the water rights sale saying, “The water issue is the biggest thing to come down the pike for Mohave County since I don’t know when. Because the water allocation that we have, the future of our community, the community that has nurtured each other and grown together is at risk with the loss of water.”

Central Arizona Project wants to transfer 5,538 acre-feet of Colorado River water outside the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District (M.V.I.D.D.) each year through a rotational fallowing program which Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto said that the lose of water would affect this community as well as surrounding communities, from Bullhead City, Arizona to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, creating an unhealthy dust environment that would affect farming and community growth in the area due to those farms being taken out of production during the rotational fallowing program.

If we lose our water, we lose our future,” said Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto adding that she encouraged residents to get more involved by contacting Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Lisa Atkins, Central Arizona Water Conservation District president.

A Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting is schedule for 4:00pm MST on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department, located at 1451 Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona, and members will be discuss only, updating the public on the recent meeting with Central Arizona Project.

** Agenda Packet: Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting 2-6-2018: **

http://mvidd.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-02-06-Regular-Meeting-Agenda-MJP.pdf

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto then talked about health care in Arizona and the formation of a provider committee with representatives of numerous health care specialties who will represent health care providers and improve communications with state-level health care insurance providers.

Representatives will be from the Colorado River Tri-State cities of Bullhead City, Arizona; Fort Mohave, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; Kingman, Arizona; and Lake Havasu, Arizona.

After receiving complaints from people in Mohave County, Arizona about health care providers regarding slow and no pay by Health Choice Arizona – a managed care organization and insurer contracted by the Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System (A.H.C.C.C.S.) for residents who are enrolled in Medicare and receiving assistance under Medicaid – Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto got involved in the issue to help address their complaints.

“We want good health care providers to stay in this area. We can’t keep quality health care in this area if they can’t get paid. The goal of the committee is to provide good lines of communication for area doctors and insurers,” said Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto.

Trent, who Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto said will be chair the committee, spoke during the town hall meeting about the committee saying, “The health committee; what we want to do basically is to provide better health care for our community and that’s through our doctors getting paid.”

Trent said that doctors are having a hard time getting paid on time and they are going elsewhere where payment is done on a timely.

Trent said that his goal is to help all of the doctors in this area get paid on a timely matter thought Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System (A.H.C.C.C.S.) and Health Choice Arizona and give doctors a voice on their billing.

If we can get our doctors paid on time, our doctors can afford live here the way they want to live and we can keep them here longer,” said Trent.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto ended the town hall meeting by talking about Arizona Department of Transportation’s roundabouts along Arizona State Route 95 in the Fort Mohave, Arizona area.

The community was updated by Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto on the Arizona Department of Transportation’s traffic study regarding the roundabouts along Arizona State Route 95, including at the Aztec Road and Camp Mohave Road interactions.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto said that Arizona Department of Transportation will present 2 alternatives for the intersection to Mohave County Supervisors which will include a roundabout and an upgraded signal at the Aztec Road interaction.

“ADOT finishes talking to business owners along the corridor tomorrow. I believe that they will yield to the voice of the people and are leaning against the roundabout. It’s not 100 percent sure, but I believe so,” said Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto also said that medians will be installed as a safety measure and Arizona Department of Transportation also is willing to look at working with Bullhead City Officials on coordinating timed signals.

Arizona Department of Transportation is said to host public information meetings when the study is completed.

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News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Community address their concerns and opposition towards a proposed sale to water rights and transfer by the Central Arizona Project.

News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Community address their concerns and opposition towards a proposed sale to water rights and transfer by the Central Arizona Project.

A town hall meeting regarding Central Arizona Project water rights and transfer was held on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department Station 81 in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at the town hall meeting and broadcast live on Facebook the town hall meeting.

Over 80 people attended the town hall meeting that discussed a proposed sale to water rights to nearly 14,000 acre feet of water from farms in the Mohave Valley, Arizona to be use in the Phoenix, Arizona and Tucson, Arizona areas.

In September 2017, the Central Arizona Project’s governing board, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, approved the $34 million purchase of 7 farms in the Mohave Valley, Arizona area that come with about 13,900 total acre-feet of water rights.

An acre foot of water is the amount needed to cover an acre of farm land with about 326,000 gallons; roughly enough water to support 2 households for a year.

The Central Arizona Project wants to transfer 5,538 acre-feet of water from the Colorado River outside the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District each year through a rotational fallowing program.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto talked during the town hall meeting about what Mohave County officials have been doing in opposition to the proposed sale and water transfer what the community can do to stop the proposed sale.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto also talked about the impacts the proposed sale and water transfer will have on the community; taking away from the needs of the community, affect farming and community growth in the area, and creating a “dust bowl” environment.

Water from the Colorado River serves the needs to nearly 40 million people and is responsible for irrigating 3.5 million acres of farmland.

Mohave County Assessor Jeanne Kentch also spoke at the town hall meeting, explaining to the residents that the county would also bear the loss of property taxes on the properties if the sale between Water Purchase Investors and Central Arizona Project goes through.

“Any government-owned property is exempt from property taxes. Everything they end up buying we will not be able to collect property taxes on,” said Mohave County Assessor Jeanne Kentch.

The public also got to speak during the town hall meeting addressing their concern over the proposed sale and water transfer, saying that this is “our water” and it should stay here in our community.

People in the crowd demand more action to be done to stop the  proposed sale and water transfer by officials.

Brad Hoover, who served as a board member of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District until 2010, was in attendance and spoke during the town hall meeting.

“My feeling is that if the entity that bought the 7 parcels of land is in escrow for $34 million to sell 13,000 acre feet of water — well businessmen from New York are not going to buy that land if they can’t get that water for this transfer. I’m afraid they know something that we don’t know.  My fear would be we don’t have a commitment from MVIDD. If the MVIDD board has said that they’ll rely on the existing resolution, they should just re-ratify it.”

In 1989, the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District passed a resolution that prohibits the transfer of contracted water outside of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District boundaries.

In 2008, the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District revised the resolution.

But that resolution prohibiting the transfer of contracted water outside of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District boundaries could be changed if the board votes to do so.

The Central Arizona Project’s governing board officials are saying that the sale of the 7 farm properties is contingent on modification of that resolution and want to close the deal by mid February 2018.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto told the crowd that she attended a meeting Tuesday morning and heard the Central Arizona Project asked the seller of the 7 farms – Water Property Investors, LLC, a private equity fund based in New York – to extend the due diligence period during escrow.

Questions were raised over a representative who sits on the board of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District and is a representative of the Water Purchase Investors, who’s selling the land to Central Arizona Project Groundwater Replenishment District.

Some of the people in the crowd wondered if the representative was going to casts a vote on this issue, but Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto told the crowd that this representative has abstained himself from the issue and will not cast a vote on this matter.

Members of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District must be farmers who own land and farm a minimum of 20 acres in the district and Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District registered voters.

There are at least 25 registered voters in the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District, which has 5 board members.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto encouraged those in attendance to keep writing letters or emailing their elected officials, stating their opposition to the proposed sale and water transfer.

“It’s the power of the people, the voice of the people and their concern about our life’s blood, our water and our community,” said Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto.

A list of contacts, which includes contacts for the Arizona Department of Water Resources (A.D.W.R.), the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (C.A.W.C.D.), and Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey, were passed out to those in attendance.

** The list of contacts has also been posted at the following Mohave County website address: **

https://resources.mohavecounty.us/file/BoardOfSupervisors/MVIDD/MVIDDPartiesofInterest.pdf

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto informed the crowd of an upcoming Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting being held at an undetermined location at 4:00pm MST on Thursday, January 4th, 2018.

When a location for the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting is decided, the public and news media will be notified about the meeting location.

After the town hall meeting, ZachNews talked with Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto about the proposed sale and water transfer as well as how this will affect people in Needles, California and what’s next in the process.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto tells ZachNews that they got support by the City of Needles opposing the proposed sale and water transfer.

The proposed sale and water transfer has already been met with opposition from Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City as well as from Mohave County Supervisors; all recently have passed resolutions objecting to the acquisition of water rights by Central Arizona Project and any movement of water outside the district.

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News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Town Hall Meeting regarding Central Arizona Project Water Rights and Transfer Live!!

News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Town Hall Meeting regarding Central Arizona Project Water Rights and Transfer Live!!

News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Town Hall Meeting regarding Central Arizona Project water rights and transfer on Tuesday.

News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Town Hall Meeting regarding Central Arizona Project water rights and transfer on Tuesday.

A town hall meeting regarding Central Arizona Project water rights and transfer will be held at 5:30pm MST on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department Station 81, located at 1451 Willow Drive, in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

According to Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto, the proposed sale is to the rights to nearly 14,000 acre feet of water from farms in the Mohave Valley, Arizona to be use in the Phoenix, Arizona and Tucson, Arizona areas.

In 1989, the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District passed a resolution and revised the resolution in 2008 prohibiting the transfer of contracted water outside Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District boundaries, but that resolution could change if the Central Arizona Project board votes to change it.

In September 2017, the Central Arizona Project’s governing board, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, approved the purchasing of 7 farms in the Mohave Valley, Arizona for $34 million and their associated water rights for the purpose of securing rights to water from the Colorado River and to implement a rotational fallowing program to generate a water supply for Central Arizona Project Groundwater Replenishment District.

The Central Arizona Project is attempting to close the deal by mid February 2018.

The Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and the Mohave County Board of Supervisors all have passed resolutions objecting to the acquisition of water rights by Central Arizona Water Conservation District and any movement of the water outside the district.

The community is urged to attend this town hall meeting to learn more about the proposed sale or to address any concerns or issues regarding the water transfer or water rights.

For more information about the town hall meeting, please contact Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto at: 1 (928) 758-0739.

** ZachNews on Facebook will be broadcasting live the town hall meeting starting at 5:30pm MST (4:30pm PT) on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017. **

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews

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Traffic Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway, J Street, and North K Street Underpass reopened.

Traffic Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway, J Street, and North K Street Underpass reopened.

As of 10:40am PT on Friday, April 21st, 2017, West Broadway between L Street and J Street was reopened with 1 southbound and 1 northbound as well as West Broadway between I Street and J Street was also reopened to all lanes.

Along with the reopening of West Broadway, J Street between Third Street and Front Street was also reopened to all lanes as well as the North K Street Underpass was reopened to motorists, expect for semi truck or tall camper due to the 8 feet clearance.

K Street at the West Broadway intersection remains closed but is hope to soon be reopen.

The closures were part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

Traffic Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: Latest Information: West Broadway Closure.

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Traffic Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: Latest Information: West Broadway Closure.

ZachNews will be reporting on the latest information regarding the West Broadway Closure, as part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project, happening between J Street and L Street in Downtown Needles, California.

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“Motorists, Welcome to Needles Jam!!”

**** 10:40am PT on Friday, April 21st, 2017: ****

As of 10:40am PT on Friday, April 21st, 2017, Needles Jam along West Broadway and J Street is over.

** Reopened: **

– West Broadway between L Street and J Street is open; 1 southbound and 1 northbound.

– J Street between Third Street and Front Street is open; all lanes.

– West Broadway between I Street and J Street is open: all lanes.

– L Street between West Broadway and Eagles Pass Road is open; all lanes.

– North K Street Underpass is open. Do not use if you’re a semi truck or tall camper.

** Closures: **

– K Street at West Broadway intersection. Soon to be reopen.

**** Coming Soon: Needles Jam 2!!: ****

According to Michael Stewart with W.S.P. Parsons Brinckerhoff, there will be “various road closures throughout the next 4 weeks.”

As for the next set of road closures and detours related to the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project, Michael Stewart tells ZachNews that the next step after J Street and K Street will be Needles Highway from West Broadway to North K Street, and finally North K Street from Needles Highway to the Needles Bridge; each leg will take approximately a week.

According to the City of Needles, the project is 39% complete and completion date revised to Thursday, May 25th, 2017.

**** 12:00pm PT on Thursday, April 20th, 2017: ****

Road closures, reopens, detours, and traffic control on West Broadway Bridge for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project.

** Reopened: **

– West Broadway between L Street and J Street is open; 1 southbound and 1 northbound.

– J Street between Third Street and Front Street is open; all lanes.

** Traffic Control/Pilot Vehicle Escorts: **

– West Broadway (West Broadway Bridge) between Market Street and L Street. Motorists must wait for pilot vehicle to escort you over the West Broadway Bridge. Paving work ongoing.

** Closures: **

– West Broadway between I Street and J Street. Soon to be reopen.

– K Street at West Broadway intersection. Soon to be reopen.

– L Street between West Broadway and Eagles Pass Road. Paving work ongoing. Use J Street to Bailey Avenue to get to Needles High School. When paving is done, road will be reopen.

**** 9:00am PT on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017: ****

West Broadway between I Street and L Street in Downtown Needles, California remains closed for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project.

Paving along J Street and West Broadway is being done and traffic control is in effect along J Street between Third Street and Interstate 40; traffic merged into a single lane for both directions, as construction crews do paving work.

Paving work along the West Broadway Bridge will be done in the next few days.

Motorists should prepare for possible lane restrictions, lane closures, and traffic being escorted by pilot vehicles are possible.

With all of the construction going on in the Downtown Needles, California area, motorist should use Needles Highway to Interstate 40 to J Street as a detour.

As for the next set of road closures and detours related to the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project, Michael Stewart tells ZachNews that the next step after J Street and K Street will be West Broadway from the B.N.S.F. bridge to Needles Highway, about 4-5 days, then Needles Highway from West Broadway to North K Street, and finally North K Street from Needles Highway to the Needles Bridge; each leg will take approximately a week.

**** 7:00am PT on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017: ****

According to Michael Stewart with W.S.P. Parsons Brinckerhoff, there will be “various road closures throughout the next 4 weeks.”

Grinding out existing asphalt on J Street near Interstate 40 was happening on Monday, and paving along J Street and West Broadway will begin on Tuesday.

As for the next set of road closures and detours related to the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project, Michael Stewart tells ZachNews that the next step after J Street and K Street will be West Broadway from the B.N.S.F. bridge to Needles Highway, about 4-5 days, then Needles Highway from West Broadway to North K Street, and finally North K Street from Needles Highway to the Needles Bridge; each leg will take approximately a week.

According to the City of Needles, the project is 39% complete and completion date revised to Thursday, May 25th, 2017.

**** 9:00am PT on Monday, April 17th, 2017: ****

West Broadway between I Street and L Street in Downtown Needles, California remains closed for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project.

According to the City of Needles, concrete pouring continues in various locations, and the grinding of the asphalt and paving has begun with the first section to be completed is West Broadway between J Street to L Street.

Paving work along the West Broadway Bridge will be done this week meaning possibly lane restrictions, lane closures, and traffic being escorted by pilot vehicles are possible.

Motorist should prepare for more traffic in and around the West Broadway Bridge between Needles Highway and I Street and should use Needles Highway to Interstate 40 to J Street as a detour.

Good news, the intersection of Needles Highway and North K Street have been reopened, but the North K Street Underpass remains closed despite somebody moving the barricades over the Easter weekend.

**** 11:00pm PT on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017: ****

West Broadway between I Street and L Street in Downtown Needles, California remains closed for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project.

Cement work, work along the sidewalk for new lighting and traffic signal lights, and pavement of roadway work continues in the closure area.

The continuing construction work and closure along West Broadway and J Street will continue for another few weeks.

The closure area includes West Broadway between J Street and I Street as well as on and off closure of J Street between Third Street and Front Street.

Overall best detour, especially for semi trucks and tall campers, is Needles Highway to Interstate 40 to J Street.

If need to drive into the Downtown Needles, California area, the detours around the West Broadway closure is L Street to Front Street to I Street to Third Street.

Businesses along the closed portion of West Broadway as well as J Street remain open for business.

The North K Street Underpass is closed between Needles Highway and Front Street near the North K Street Underpass.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, due to traffic congestion along North K Street as well as tall vehicles; semi trucks and tall campers, using the North K Street and the North K Street Underpass as a detour to get by the closure along West Broadway, the City of Needles closed the North K Street Underpass for the duration of the project along West Broadway; until the project along West Broadway is completed.

In additional to the North K Street Underpass, North K Street between Market Street and Needles Highway as well as Needles Highway between North K Street and River Road is closed also for construction work related to the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project.

Also utility crews have been seen working on utility poles and lines along Needles Highway as part of a power upgrade project.

**** As of 9:00am PT on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017: ****

ZachNews has learned that traffic in both directions on the West Broadway Bridge, between L Street and Walnut Street, near Downtown Needles, California is being escorted by pilot vehicles into a single lane because of lane closure for construction work along the roadway on the bridge all day on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

Only for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 the North K Street Underpass is open, but not for semi trucks or tall recreational vehicles due to the height restrictions at the underpass.

After today, the North K Street Underpass will be closed until the West Broadway Project is completed.

But, on North K Street at Needles Highway, the roadway is also closed for construction work.

Traffic there is being detoured onto Chestnut Street or Market Street to L Street to Needles Highway.

As for the West Broadway Closure, detours around the West Broadway Closure are still in affect; J Street (If Not Closed) or I Street to Front Street to L Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Construction work still continues as well as the closure along West Broadway, between I Street and L Street in Downtown Needles, California for possibly 10 more days.

Construction work is going on at the intersection of Needles Highway and North K Street in the roadway and utility poles.

Traffic having to go around the closure onto River Street before the Needles Bridge to get the Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Prepare for traffic in the area as motorists wait at the West Broadway Bridge and as traffic gets around the West Broadway closure.

**** Overall best detour around all the construction for all motorists, including semi trucks and recreational vehicles, is Needles Highway to Interstate 40 to J Street. ****

All of the construction work being done is part of the Interstate 40/Arizona Highway 95 Connector Project.

**** As of 1:46pm PT on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017: ****

West Broadway between L Street and J Street in Downtown Needles, California remains closed for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project.

Cement work, work on the retaining wall, and other roadway work continues in the closure area.

** Update!!: Closures Time: **

– The work and closure along West Broadway and J Street will continue for another few weeks.

** Update!!: New Additional Closures: **

– The closure area includes West Broadway between J Street and I Street.

– Closure along J Street between Front Street and Third Street is on and off depending on was work is still needing to be done at that intersection.

– Semi trucks as well as tall campers are being asked to use Needles Highway to Interstate 40 as their best detour route.

– Businesses along the closed portion of West Broadway as well as J Street remain open for business.

** Update!!: New Detours Route: **

– L Street to Front Street to I Street to Third Street is the new detour route.

** Update!!: North K Street Underpass Closed: **

– The North K Street Underpass is closed between Needles Highway and Front Street near the North K Street Underpass.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, due to traffic congestion along North K Street as well as tall vehicles; semi trucks and tall campers, using the North K Street and the North K Street Underpass as a detour to get by the closure along West Broadway, the City of Needles closed the North K Street Underpass for the duration of the project along West Broadway; until the project along West Broadway is completed.

** Updated: Upcoming Construction Work Information: **

More construction work related to the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Construction Project will begin in the next few weeks along West Broadway and Needles Highway.

Utility crews are moving utility poles along Needles Highway ahead of the work along Needles Highway.

**** As of 6:12pm PT on Monday, March 13th, 2017: ****

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West Broadway remains closed between J Street and L Street.

Work on the waterline, retaining wall, curves, and sidewalks have been done and more work is continues.

Work appears to be going on the sidewalk corners at the intersection of West Broadway and J Street.

Work on where the new sidewalks are going to be lay as well as where the new traffic signal lights are going to be installed.

Meanwhile, the retaining wall along J Street, just across the street from Jack In The Box, appears to be completed and just have to lay out the new sidewalk next to the retaining wall.

**** As of 1:44pm PT on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017: ****

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Some on and off traffic along Front Street near the K Street Underpass.


**** As of 1:40pm PT on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017: ****

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View from a near by hill of the construction area along West Broadway.
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Work continues along West Broadway on Day 2.
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Construction crews have removed the roadway at the intersection of West Broadway and K Street.

 

**** As of 9:32pm PT on Monday, February 27th, 2017: ****

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Construction crews continue work on digging up the roadway at the intersection of West Broadway and K Street as motorists pass by along J Street and rain falls.

 

**** As of 9:14am PT on Monday, February 27th, 2017: ****

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Construction crews continue digging up the roadway at the intersection of West Broadway and K Street well K Street is closed for thru traffic, but businesses remain open during construction work.

 

**** As of 9:12am PT on Monday, February 27th, 2017: ****

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Motorists get detoured onto L Street from West Broadway.

 

**** As of 9:00am PT on Monday, February 27th, 2017: ****

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Construction crews begin digging up the roadway at the intersection of West Broadway and K Street.

 

**** As of 8:58am PT on Monday, February 27th, 2017: ****

 

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Construction crews move in the their equipment to begin digging up the roadway at the intersection of West Broadway and K Street.

 

**** As of 8:24am PT on Monday, February 27th, 2017: ****

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Construction crews move the barricades across West Broadway official stating the closure of West Broadway.

 

**** As of 8:04am PT on Monday, February 27th, 2017: ****

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Construction crews begin setting aside the barricades soon to be closing West Broadway.

 

**** Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector: ****

** Pictures from the City of Needles: **

The Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector project will include new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, and will be replacing paving and striping, utility relocation, drainage devices, retaining walls, and 3 actual traffic signals (Green, Yellow, and Red Lights) which will be located at the intersections of J Street and West Broadway, West Broadway and Needles Highway, and Needles Highway and North K Street.

The Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector project will also include the widening of the road to ease turns at intersections for RVs and semi-trucks and to alleviate congestion in the traffic hours.

The project was awarded to Hal Hays Construction out of Riverside, California in the amount of $3,312,577.00 and Construction Management will be completed by W.S.P. Parsons Brinckerhoff also out of Riverside, California.

**** More Information regarding the closure of West Broadway, detours around the West Broadway closure, and about the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project is at the following website address: ****

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/traffic-alert-downtown-needles-ca-needles-jam-west-broadway-closure-and-detours-for-the-interstate-40-arizona-highway-95-connector-construction-project-starts-today/

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding Needles Jam. **

 

 

Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway closure and detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project starts today.

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Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway closure and detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project starts today.

ZachNews has received information from Mike Stewart, Principal Supervising Inspector with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, that the West Broadway closure and detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project will begin on Monday, February 27th, 2017.

The West Broadway closure, named “Needles Jam”, will have both directions of West Broadway, from J Street to L Street, in Downtown Needles, California closed for possibly 2 weeks for construction.

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** Picture from the City of Needles: **

The map (Pictured Above) from the City of Needles shows the closure area and detours.

The closure was to start back on Monday, February 6th, 2017 but was delayed from removing water and gas line as well as for a event’s parade.

Construction crews will be working on retaining wall, cross gutters, utility work along West Broadway as well as work to replace the flashing red signal traffic light at the intersection of West Broadway and J Street with new traffic signals which will include green, yellow, and red lights and pedestrian crossing signals.

The current flashing red signal traffic light at the intersection of West Broadway and J Street will be taken out and be off, but temporary stop signs or temporary stop signal will be placed until the new new traffic signals are installed and activated.

**** Detours around West Broadway Closures: ****

Motorists who use West Broadway will be detoured around the closure onto Front Street from either J Street from the east or L Street from the west.

Semi trucks, recreational vehicles, and campers are being ask to use Interstate 40 and Needles Highway as a detour around the closure.

If coming from the Needles Bridge and Mohave Valley, Arizona, make a right turn off North K Street onto Needles Highway; stay on westbound until you pass Wagon Wheel Restaurant; and make a right turn onto eastbound Interstate 40 to get by the closures on West Broadway and J Street.

If coming from the Interstate 40, do not exit at J Street and instead, exit at West Broadway / Needles Highway (Exit #141); make a right turn onto Needles Highway; stay on eastbound Needles Highway to North K Street; and make a left turn onto North K Street to reach the Needles Bridge and access to Mohave Valley, Arizona.

**** Temporary Traffic Change with Stop Sign: ****

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As work beings along West Broadway, between J Street and L Street, in Downtown Needles, California, motorists should be aware of a temporary traffic change with a stop sign along Eastbound West Broadway at the intersection of L Street.

Motorists should slow down before the intersection and use caution crossing the intersection.

**** Businesses In West Broadway Closure: ****

Businesses along West Broadway will remain open during the closure and detours.

An access roadway for businesses affected by the closure of West Broadway is being worked on so people can get to those businesses along West Broadway.

Motorists should plan ahead for Needles Jam and drive safely through the construction area and intersections.

**** Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector: ****

** Pictures from the City of Needles: **

The Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector project will include new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, and will be replacing paving and striping, utility relocation, drainage devices, retaining walls, and 3 actual traffic signals (Green, Yellow, and Red Lights) which will be located at the intersections of J Street and West Broadway, West Broadway and Needles Highway, and Needles Highway and North K Street.

The Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector project will also include the widening of the road to ease turns at intersections for RVs and semi-trucks and to alleviate congestion in the traffic hours.

The project was awarded to Hal Hays Construction out of Riverside, California in the amount of $3,312,577.00 and Construction Management will be completed by W.S.P. Parsons Brinckerhoff also out of Riverside, California.

**** Contact for Information on Project: ****

For more information, please contact the Tammy Ellmore with the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-5740 Ext 150.

** Needles Jam: Latest Information: West Broadway Closure: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/traffic-update-downtown-needles-ca-needles-jam-latest-information-west-broadway-closure/

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for continuing news coverage of Needles Jam. **

Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway and J Street Closures and Detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

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Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway and J Street Closures and Detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

Get ready for Needles Jam begins as both directions of West Broadway, from J Street to L Street, and southbound J Street, from West Broadway to Third Street, in Downtown Needles, California will be closed for construction of the new Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Project.

**** Time and Date of West Broadway and J Street Closures: ****

According to Mike Stewart, Principal Supervising Inspector with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, the full closure of West Broadway between J Street and L Street in Downtown Needles, California, which was to start on Monday, February 6th, 2017, has been delayed by a few days because of water and gas line issues.

Mike Stewart, Principal Supervising Inspector with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, tells ZachNews that there are things still needing to be done to the water line and gas line at the Intersection of West Broadway and J Street.

The water line that runs up the hillside will be lowered as part of the project under a new retaining wall that will be build. Mike Stewart said that the full closure of West Broadway could happen in the next few days to sometime next week, but the closure will happen.

The closures and detours will be in place until Monday, February 20th, 2017 unless change by any delays.

**** Project Along West Broadway and J Street Closures: ****

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Construction crews will be working on retaining wall, cross gutters, utility work along West Broadway as well as work to replace the flashing red signal traffic light at the intersection of West Broadway and J Street with new traffic signals which will include green, yellow, and red lights and pedestrian crossing signals.

The current flashing red signal traffic light at the intersection of West Broadway and J Street will be taken out and be off, but temporary stop signs or temporary stop signal will be placed until the new new traffic signals are installed and activated.

**** Detours Around West Broadway and J Street Closures: ****

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** Picture from the City of Needles: **

Motorists who use West Broadway will be detoured around the closure onto Front Street from either J Street from the east or L Street from the west.

Motorists who use southbound J Street, from Third Street to West Broadway, will be detoured around the closure onto I Street then onto Third Street around the southbound J Street closure.

Motorists who use northbound J Street will not be affected by the closure from Third Street to West Broadway.

Semi trucks, recreational vehicles, and campers are being ask to use Interstate 40 and Needles Highway as a detour around the closure.

If coming from the Needles Bridge and Mohave Valley, Arizona, make a right turn off North K Street onto Needles Highway; stay on westbound until you pass Wagon Wheel Restaurant; and make a right turn onto eastbound Interstate 40 to get by the closures on West Broadway and J Street.

If coming from the Interstate 40, do not exit at J Street and instead, exit at West Broadway / Needles Highway (Exit #141); make a right turn onto Needles Highway; stay on eastbound Needles Highway to North K Street; and make a left turn onto North K Street to reach the Needles Bridge and access to Mohave Valley, Arizona.

**** Businesses In West Broadway and J Street Closures: ****

Businesses along West Broadway and J Street will remain open during the closure and detours.

Businesses along J Street can be accessible from northbound J Street.

An access roadway for businesses affected by the closure of West Broadway is being worked on so people can get to those businesses along West Broadway.

Motorists should plan ahead for Needles Jam and drive safely through the construction area and intersections.

**** Contact for Information on Project: ****

For more information, please contact the Tammy Ellmore with the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-5740 Ext 150.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for continuing news coverage of Needles Jam. **

Colorado River Tri-State: Delicious Thanksgiving Day Lunch and Dinner Events.

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Colorado River Tri-State: Delicious Thanksgiving Day Lunch and Dinner Events.

**** Happy Thanksgiving Day Everybody!! ****

** Here are a few Thanksgiving Day lunch and dinner events happening around the Colorado River Tri-State area on Thursday, November 26th, 2015: **

** Needles, California: **

– River’s Edge Community Christian Church will be serving Thanksgiving feast at River’s Edge Community Christian Church located at 244 G Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 12:00pm to 3:00pm PT and will include delicious turkey, stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes, dessert, and a beverage.

Contact Information and Require Transportation: Pastor Fred Torres of River’s Edge Community Christian Church at: 1 (760) 221-7718.

– George Edward Hamil Sr. will be passing out Thanksgiving Dinner plates at the Westside Chevron Gas Station located at located at 2321 Needles Highway in Needles, California.

Thanksgiving Dinner plates will be pass out at 11:30am PT and Thanksgiving Dinner plates will be pass out to the first 30 people or while supplies last.

Thanksgiving Dinner plates will include delicious turkey, stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes, and dessert.

George Edward Hamil Sr. and his family have been giving Thanksgiving Dinner to the community for 6 years.

– St. Ann Catholic Church and Set Free Church of Needles is uniting together to serve Thanksgiving Dinner inside St. Ann’s Hall at St. Ann Catholic Church located at 218 D Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 11:00am to 2:00pm PT and will include delicious turkey, stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes, dessert, and a beverage.

Contact Information: George DeLeon of St. Vincent de Paul at: 1 (760) 326-4420.

– Needles Elks Lodge 1608 will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner for members and guests at Needles Elks Lodge 1608 located at 1000 Lilyhill Drive in Needles, California.

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 1:00pm to 3:00pm PT and will include delicious turkey, stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes, dessert, and a beverage.

Contact Information: Needles Elks Lodge 1608 at: 1 (760) 326-1608.

** Mohave Valley, Arizona: **

– Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 404 will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner  for members and guests at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 404 located at 10287 Barrackman Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served starting at 12:00pm MT and will include delicious turkey, stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes, dessert, and a beverage.

Contact Information: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 404 at: 1 (928) 788-3202.

** Bullhead City, Arizona: **

– The Mohave Valley Masonic Lodge 68 will be serving a Day Before Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mohave Valley Masonic Lodge 68 located at 2580 Miracle Mile in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 1:00pm to 7:00pm MT or while supplies last.

Thanksgiving Dinner will include delicious turkey, stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes, dessert, and a beverage.

Contact Information: Mohave Valley Masonic Lodge 68 at: 1 (928) 758-5113.

– Bullhead Chamber of Commerce will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner at the Bullhead Chamber of Commerce Building, auditorium downstairs, located at 1251 Mohave Valley Highway (Highway 95) in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 10:00am to 1:00pm MT and will include delicious turkey, stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes, dessert, and a beverage.

Contact Information: Bullhead Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (928) 754-4121.

– Lizzy’s Kitchen, in cooperation with the Caring Hearts Food Ministry, will be holding Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lizzy’s Kitchen restaurant located at 2649 Mohave Valley Highway (Highway 95) in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 10:00am to 3:00pm MT and will include delicious turkey, stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes, dessert, and a beverage.

Contact Information: Lizzy’s Kitchen at: 1 (928) 763-2092 or Caring Hearts Food Ministry at: 1 (928) 444-0105.

 

** May you, your family, and friends have a happy and delicious Thanksgiving Day and please be sure to not drink and drive both on land and on the Colorado River as you, your family, and friend celebrate Thanksgiving Day. May we thank all the people volunteering to give to our community and serving Thanksgiving Day meals to people in our community who are less fortunate and going through tough times in their lives. May we never forget those who are without of family, home, and a place to get a hot meal. may we give thanks to all of our military veterans and their families for their serve and protecting our freedoms. Please continue to help those in our community by dropping off food at your local food pantry, food kitchen, or charitable organizations; volunteer at your local food pantry, food kitchen, or charitable organizations; or adopt a family or member of our military for your holiday dinner. Thank You, Take Care, and Have A Great Thanksgiving Day Everybody!! **