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Havasu planning major wash upgrades in next 5 years

May 9, 2019

Lake Havasu City is planning on extensive improvements to five washes in the next few years.

While the work still needs final approval, the city plans to use money, up to $12 million, from the Mohave County Flood Control District to improve washes it has identified as needing work to reduce the likelihood of traffic accidents and damage to streets.

“We have dozens that need improvements,” City Manager Jess Knudson said. “The goal of the work, after the concrete is poured, is to direct the flow of the water where we want it and to prevent erosion.

“A lot of homeowners are concerned about erosion issues when flash flooding occurs.”

First on the schedule is Havasupai Wash 3, located between State Route 95 and Aviation Drive. City officials hope work will begin in July and be finished by June 2020 on the $3.45 million job.

Scheduled for Fiscal Year 2020-21 is Avalon Drain 2, between Avalon Avenue and Angler Drive. The city anticipates the $1.875 million project will begin in July and be complete by June 2021.

Havasupai Wash 6, a $2.3 million job, is set for FY 21-22. It is located between Sandwood Drive and Avalon Drain. The city is looking at it being completed by June 2022.

Daytona Wash 4, a $2 million job, is slated for Fiscal Year 2022-23. It is located between Snead Drive and Oak Drive. The anticipated completion is June 2023.

The last project in the city’s proposed 5-year Capital Improvement Plan is Kiowa Drain 3, located between Cactus Wren Drive and Kiowa Avenue. The $2.1 million job is scheduled to be done in June 2024.

The city will have a budget work session at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 16 at Police Headquarters.

Scott Shindledecker may be reached at 928-453-4237, ext. 252, or at sshindledecker@havasunews.com.

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