roadworkThere is a group of dedicated individuals who, unlike many of their counterparts, donate their time and efforts to help make Mohave County a better place to live, and also provide residents with a venue to present their views and requests in regard to the county’s roadway system.

Many of the county’s residents have never heard of the Mohave County Transportation Commission, but those who serve on it provide a viable service to community.

The Transportation Commission was established in 1997 through the efforts of Mohave County Board of Supervisors (BOS) District 3 Buster Johnson and was approved by officials because of the desire to eliminate “sweetheart road deals” amongst the supervisors at the time, and for assisting the supervisors to keep up with the road improvement needs of the county.

“Residents who voluntarily serve on the Transportation Commission do not get paid for their efforts,” said Commission Chairperson Jeanne Kentch. “Our responsibility includes acting as a recommending body to the Board of Supervisors on roads that may become a county highway, and the planning and construction of capital improvement transportation projects.”

The commission reviews and updates its recommended road construction program annually through the 5-year Construct Improvement Road Program (CIRP). The CIRP program is instrumental in establishing a priority to the

county road expansion needs. These priorities are established through the commitment of the Public Works Department and the Transportation Commission through input and review prior to being submitted for approval to the BOS. The CIRP is often instrumental in the county pursuing state and federal grant opportunities, documenting the road improvement priorities on a yearly basis

When roads are suggested for improvement and are investigated by the Public Works Department to ensure that they are suitable for improvement or upgrading to a county highway status, the recommendation is then sent to Transportation Commission for their review and recommendation. “By the Transportation Commission being involved in the process, it assures the public road dollars are well spent and keeps the County Highway Program transparent for assured fiscal responsibility,” Kentch said.

After the Transportation commission completes their due diligence, which includes going out to the particular roads to evaluate the proposed project, their recommendation is then sent to the Board of Supervisors for their final approval and/or denial.

There are only six members currently serving on the 10-member Transportation Commission. Supervisor District 3 Buster Johnson does not have anyone serving, Supervisor District 1 Gary Watson only has one person serving, Supervisor District 4 Jean Bishop is also short one member and only Supervisor District 5 Steve Moss and Supervisor District 2 Hildy Angius have no vacancies. They include Commission Chairperson Jeanne Kentch and Michael Bell from District 5, Frank Eakins from District 4, Vice Chairperson Ray Lackey and Karen Flenniken from District 2 and Victoria Hoag from District 1.

If people are interested in donating time and volunteering to serve on the Transportation Commission, they should contact the supervisor for the area they reside.