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Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway and Needles Highway Closed.

Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway and Needles Highway Closed.

Construction crews have closed West Broadway from Needles Highway to Walnut Street and Needles Highway from L Street to O Street in Needles, California as part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

** Closures: **

West Broadway from Walnut Street to Needles Highway is closed.

Needles Highway from L Street to O Street is closed.

Closures as part of the Interstate 40 Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

Closures may last from a few days to a few weeks.

** Detours: **

West Broadway (From Walnut Street): Take Walnut Street East to L Street north back to Needles Highway (At L Street).

Needles Highway (From L Street): Take L Street south to Market Street west to O Street north back onto Needles Highway (At O Street).

** Roads to Avoid: **

If you’re driving tall semi trucks or campers, do not use the North K Street Underpass or North K Street from Walnut Street to Front Street.

The North K Street Underpass has a Clearance Height 8ft and not recommended for tall semi trucks or campers.

Use West Broadway or Interstate 40 as your best detour.

** Businesses in Closure Area: **

Businesses in the closure area are still open so please make sure to stop in and support our local businesses.

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Needles Jam 2. ****

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. **

​News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Construction work underway on Burger Hut eatery.

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News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Construction work underway on Burger Hut eatery.

 

Construction work has been underway on the Burger Hut in Downtown Needles, California.

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These pictures by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez shows a new roof build on top of the popular eatery.

 

According to Maritza at Burger Hut, plans are to enclosed the building so that there will be dining inside and putting in all new equipment for the kitchen area and restroom.

 

As for the fence around the property, Maritza said that so far plans are to keep the fence up.

 

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At around 4:00pm PT on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, the roof of the popular eatery blew off during a powerful microburst that hit Needles, California.

 

Nobody was injured at the Burger Hut eatery, but because of the damage, the popular eatery had to close down and has been closed for over 2 years.

 

Blueprints were seen and permits were issued in July 2016 allowing the rehab of the property, leading to construction work to slowly be done on this popular eatery where classic vehicles would drive up and show off their cars and trucks well enjoying great food as well as a place that loved putting on specials and events to show their support for the community, especially if relates to Route 66 and the Needles Mustangs.

 

No official date of completion has been set yet, but when an official date is set, they will make sure to let everybody know and all of their favorite burgers and milkshakes that they all grew up enjoying.

 

Unclear if the popular ghosts pepper chili burrito, with Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Peppers) and other hot peppers, which was sold at the popular eatery.

 

Anybody daring to eat the whole ghosts pepper chili burrito without drinking anything got their meal free, got free ice cream, and was to be place on a name wall for surviving the challenge.

 

Only 4 people, including ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez, were able to complete and survive the challenge before the list of names were washed and blown away by the powerful microburst.

 

We all hope that this popular eatery returns and reopens soon.

 

**Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

Needles, CA: Valenzuela’s Cafe opens back up on Thursday.

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Needles, CA: Valenzuela’s Cafe opens back up on Thursday.

Valenzuela’s Cafe is getting their delicious Mexican food ready as they open back up on Thursday, November 17th, 2016.

Known to serving delicious Mexican food since 1952, Valenzuela’s Cafe’s friendly and well decorated Mexican restaurant will bring you to a place far from Needles, California well biting in to hot and fresh foods such as tacos, tostadas, red and green burritos, and chili rellenos served on the side with rice, beans, and fresh salsa that is deliciously hot.

With the holidays just around the corner, come on in and get your orders in for their delicious fresh and hot tamales before your celebration.

A great place for parties and friendly service like you are part of their family.

Valenzuela’s Cafe opens at 4:00pm PT and is located at 224 Chestnut Street, just east of West Broadway, in Needles, California.

Plans are in the works to possibly open on Saturdays starting in January 2017.

For more information about Valenzuela’s Cafe, please call: 1 (760) 326-2345.

Needles, CA: Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening Celebration of the new Dollar General store.

Needles, CA: Ribbon cut for the new Dollar General store.

A ribbon cutting grand opening celebration of the new Dollar General store was held on Saturday, November 5th, 2016.

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

People lined up before 6:00am PT for the new Dollar General store, located at 1500 Hospitality Lane near J Street, in Needles, California to welcome the new business as well as to get gift cards and goodie bags.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Local manager for the new Dollar General store and District Manager for Dollar General met with City of Needles Mayor, Needles Vice Mayor, and Needles City Manager at the ribbon cutting grand opening celebration.

After the ribbon was cut, people came in and received their gift cards and goodie bags.

Soon after, people were seen shopping inside the new Dollar General store and a long line of people were seen waiting to pay for their purchases.

Employees and representative of Dollar General are excited to be in Needles, California, and to help and participate in our community.

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

As people were done shopping, there will be free popcorn, chips, hot dogs, and water for everybody in celebration of their Grand Opening set up by Event Staff for Dollar General.

Over 200 people came out for the celebration and were happy to shop at their business locally.

 

The new Dollar General store is opened Monday through Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00pm PT.

** Thank you Dollar General for opening in our community of Needles, California. **

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: New Dollar General store’s Grand Opening Celebration is today.

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News Alert!!: Needles, CA: New Dollar General store’s Grand Opening Celebration is today.

A grand opening celebration of the new Dollar General store is planned for 8:00am PT on Saturday, November 5th, 2016.

The new Dollar General store is located at 1500 Hospitality Lane in Needles, California.

The Grand Opening Celebration will have giveaways for people were in line.

According to an email from Nolan Miles, Dollar General Media Relations, “The first 100 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.”

Nolan Miles, Dollar General Media Relations, also tells ZachNews, “There will also be a $50 gift card and electronics giveaway.”

The Grand Opening Celebration will also have a ribbon cutting ceremony with City of Needles Officials which was added and put together within the last 2 days.

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Since having their soft opening on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, people have be happy with the clean and organized new Dollar General store.

 

According to  Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Store Development, “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products. We hope our Needles customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

ZachNews will be at the Grand Opening Celebration for the new Dollar General store in Needles, California and will have pictures and videos of what happen.

Come on by and shop at the new Dollar General store in Needles, California.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: New Dollar General store is open.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: New Dollar General store is open.

The new Dollar General store, located off of J Street and Hospitality Lane, in Needles, California is open as of 8:00am PT on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016.

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The new Dollar General store is nice inside and has a refrigerator food section, canned foods, bread, cleaning supplies, grooming supplies, cellular phones, movies, toys, clothes, holiday and seasonal items, and more.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was the first paid customer at the new Dollar General store.

The new Dollar General store is at 1500 Hospitality Lane in Needles, California and access to the new Dollar General store can be reach by either Hospitality Lane from the east or J Street on the west.

**** Welcome Dollar General to Needles, California. ****

** Pictures from ZachNews. **