Coral Pink Sand Dunes, located just north of Canebeds, Arizona, is a large draw for ATV enthusiasts and nature lovers. Visitation numbers are consistently above 100,000 people per year. To facilitate this traffic, as well as providing better local access between Highway 389 and Highway 89, Mohave County has appropriated funds to pave the remaining portion of unpaved road through Rosy Canyon, which lies just northeast of Canebeds, Arizona. This portion of the road is very difficult to travel, with excessive washboards and limited to no access durring inclement weather. The project will consist of adding culverts to prevent flooding, building the road up with gravel, and applying chip and seal.
According to Mohave County Public Works Director, Steven Latoski, “Under the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Mohave County Road Maintenance Program identified and appropriated Mohave County funds to grade, place an aggregate base, and hard surface with an oil penetration and weatherproofing chip seal on 4.6 miles of Cane Beds Road and Rosy Canyon Road to provide a continuous hard surfaced route connecting SR 389 and Kane County, Utah, to serve recreation and tourism. This work represents one of numerous heavy maintenance and pavement rehabilitation projects carried out countywide.”
The unpaved portion of the road bisected BLM land and required additional review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the BLM Resource Management Plan. According to Bureau of Land Management Public Affairs Officer, Rachel Carnahan, “In 1992, a right-of-way was authorized for Mohave County on Rosy Canyon road. In May 2017, Mohave County submitted an application to the BLM Arizona Strip Field Office requesting to amend the right-of-way in order to hard surface the road to improve traffic safety conditions and reduce impacts from weather conditions.” The NEPA analysis was completed in July 2017, and the project was approved on August 15, 2017.
In January of 2017, the County gathered proposals and awarded the contract to Sunland Asphalt in Phoenix in the amount of $550,000. They are expected to begin the paving process in the latter half of September. The project is expected to be finished by the middle of October.