Category Archives: Arizona News

News that’s happening in Arizona, including the communities of Topock, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Fort Mohave, Arizona; and Bullhead City, Arizona.

News Alert!!: Cleveland, OH: Nationwide manhunt for Facebook murder suspect Steve W. Stephens.

News Alert!!: Cleveland, OH: Nationwide manhunt for Facebook murder suspect Steve W. Stephens.

A nationwide manhunt underway for Facebook murder suspect accused of shooting and killing an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, April 16, 2017 then posting the video on Facebook.

The Cleveland Division of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the United States Marshals Service are working together on the nationwide manhunt for the murder suspect, identified as 37 year old Steve W. Stephens,

According to the Cleveland Police Department, Steve W. Stephens filmed himself killing an elderly man, identified as 74 year old Robert Godwin Sr., who walking along East 93rd Street collecting aluminum cans.

Steve W. Stephens is seen in the video walking up to Robert Godwin Sr., ask him to say some name, pointed a gun at him, and shooting him.

Steve W. Stephens then is seen running to his vehicle where he then driving off leaving Robert Godwin Sr. behind on the sidewalk.

The video of the killing was then posted to Facebook where Steve W. Stephens bragged about having committed many other homicides.

The video has since been removed from Facebook, but has been spotted reported on YouTube.

** Picture from NBC affiliate WKYC Channel 3: **

Mourners gathered at a vigil on Monday, April 17th, 2017 to remember Robert Godwin Sr., who’s described by family and friends as a man who loved his kids and would never hurt anybody.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to Steve W. Stephens’ arrest.

Steve W. Stephens may be driving a white, 4 door 2017 Ford Fusion with temporary Ohio tags: E363630.

Steve W. Stephens has ties to Euclid, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio.

Steve W. Stephens is considered armed and dangerous.

Anybody with information should call 911 or 1 (800) CALL-FBI.

** Tips may also be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Tips Website at: **

https://tips.fbi.gov

** Wanted Flyer Picture from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. **

Breaking News!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Traffic collision along southbound Arizona Highway 95.

Breaking News!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Traffic collision along southbound Arizona Highway 95.

Several vehicles are involved in a traffic collision along southbound Arizona Highway 95 near Courtwright Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

According to Public Information Officer Trooper Kameron Lee, the traffic collision occurred along southbound side of Arizona Highway 95 near Milepole 227.7 at 11:55am PT involving a dark gray jeep and green Subaru outback.

At least 2 people were injured in the traffic collision, including a person sent to Valley View Medical Center.

The roadway has been reopen as of 12:27pm PT.

** Picture from Timothy Terral from Needles, California. **

News Alert!!: White Hills, AZ: Fatal multi-vehicle crash along northbound U.S. Route 93.

News Alert!!: White Hills, AZ: Fatal multi-vehicle crash along northbound U.S. Route 93.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, at least 8 vehicle were involved in a crash along northbound U.S. Route 93 at milepost 27 near White Hills, Arizona at around 12:25pm PT on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017.

At least 2 people were killed in the crash.

NBC affiliate KSNV Channel 3 is reporting that a dog was also killed in the crash.

At least 2 people were injured in the crash, including a person transported to a hospital and another person transported by medical helicopter to a hospital,

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred after a vehicle failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled in front of a tractor truck that was pulling another truck-tractor.

The tractor truck’s driver then swerved to avoid a collision and the vehicle rolled over causing a series of crashes.

All northbound lanes of U.S. Route 93, a main highway from Kingman, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada, had to be closed as patients were being medically treated.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, all northbound lanes of U.S. Route 93 has been reopened at 7:08pm PT.

** Pictures from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. **

 

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Boat fire at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Boat fire at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

A boat fire was reported at around 3:22pm PT on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California.

 

** Video from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

Jociannah Elena Murillo from Needles, California sent into ZachNews video of the boat on fire along a channel near the boat launching area at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Witnesses as well as a from the San Bernardino County Fire Department Explorer tell ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez that firefighters were on the other end of Jack Smith Memorial Park when they seem the smoke and rushed over to the fire.

** Picture from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

People who were at the park, barbecuing and playing along the Colorado River all rushed over to see the boat fire.

Mark Davis II from Needles, California was with family barbecuing when he saw the boat on fire and went to find a fire extinguisher, but couldn’t find any at the information kiosk.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The boat fire caught near by vegetation near mobile home at Verde Shores Estates.

Mark Davis II jumped into the water, swim across the channel, and got onto land to alert residents at the mobile home park that there’s a fire burning near by.

Mark Davis II is seen in the video (Video from Jociannah Elena Murillo) wearing black shorts as he is walked by firefighters to alert residents.

** Picture from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

** Picture from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived to the boat fire and began battling the fully involved boat fire, and began to call in other fire department crews from Mohave Valley Fire Department and Bullhead City Fire Department.

** Pictures from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Witnesses as well as deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department telling ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez that everybody on the boat got off safely.

At this moment, the cause of the boat fire is not yet known.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews as more information is still coming in. **

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Traffic accident near the Needles Bridge.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Traffic accident near the Needles Bridge.

A traffic accident has occurred near the Needles Bridge on North K Street in Needles, California

ZachNews received this picture from Andy of Needles, California of the traffic accident and a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department vehicle blocking southbound North K Street.

According to Eric Sherwin, Duty Public Information Officer with the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a patient with minor injuries was transported to Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, Arizona.

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: ****

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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: ****

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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.
**** As of 1:36pm PT on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017: ****

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Work continues along West Broadway on Day 2.
**** As of 4:25pm PT on Monday, February 27th, 2017: ****

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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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** Picture from ZachNews: **

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 Persons 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 Persons 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. **