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Arizona groups seek grant to improve I-10 near Gila River reservation

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PHOENIX — The look of Interstate 10 in part of the Phoenix area could see a big improvement if government agencies are awarded the $2 million grant they applied for this week.

The Gila River Indian Community, along with the Maricopa Association of Governments and Arizona Department of Transportation, seeks to redesign the interchanges on I-10 at State Route 347 and at I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Boulevard.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation would also go toward planning and designing a new interchange between those two.

According to a press release, the existing interchanges are nearing the end of their 20-year design life and are not equipped to handle projected traffic volumes.

The application, submitted Monday, includes 10 letters of support. Award notices are expected in November.

“The projects will address capacity issues that are causing delay, improve safety to reduce crashes, and provide opportunities for greater economic development for the community and the greater region,” the groups wrote in the application.

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