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Arizona plans to allocate $230M for highway safety, capacity projects

(Arizona Department of Transportation)

PHOENIX – Arizona is planning to allocate $230 million for projects to improve highway safety and capacity across the state.

About half of the funding, $117 million, would go toward making road improvements to 600 highway lane-miles, including 400 lane-miles in rural counties.

The plan also includes $41 million to widen U.S. Route 93 north of Wickenburg, $40 million to improve capacity on the heavily traveled stretch of Interstate 17 north of Phoenix and $33 million to rebuild the Gila River Bridge on Interstate 10.

“Now is the right time to use our state and federal dollars to make investments that create jobs, modernize our infrastructure, and improve highway safety,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a press release Thursday.

The projects would be paid for with $150.3 million of COVID-19 relief funds sent to Arizona and $80 million in state transportation funds, according to the release.

The plan is a partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation and will be presented to the State Transportation Board on Friday.

“This funding plan outlined by Gov. Ducey and ADOT prioritizes Arizona’s most immediate transportation needs and opens opportunities for future expansion,” State Transportation Board Chairman Steve Stratton said in the release.

“I look forward to working with my fellow board members to put this plan to work.”

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