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$95 Million Federal Grant Awarded for I-10 Expansion in Pinal County

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In a historic move, Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs announced on January 22, 2024, that the state will receive a substantial $95 million INFRA grant from the US Department of Transportation. This grant is earmarked for significant improvements and the widening of a 26-mile stretch of Interstate 10 within the Gila River Indian Community in Pinal County.

The project, which will address a critical "gap" in the I-10 corridor, is essential for alleviating traffic congestion and bottlenecks that affect up to 120,000 vehicles daily. The funding marks a major achievement for Governor Hobbs, the Gila River Indian Community, the Arizona Congressional delegation, and the Arizona State Legislature, showcasing successful coordination and advocacy efforts.

Governor Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community, along with Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly, Congressmen Greg Stanton, Ruben Gallego, and Raùl Grijalva, celebrated this significant federal investment. They highlighted the collaboration of state, federal, tribal, and county governments in securing the grant, which will enhance safety and infrastructure in the region.

The grant will supplement the $692 million allocated by the state of Arizona and an additional $221 million from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), bringing the total project cost to over $1 billion. This collaboration demonstrates a strong commitment to improving Arizona's transportation network and economic future.

Governor Hobbs expressed her excitement about the grant, emphasizing the I-10's role as a major connector for the state and its significance in driving Arizona's economy forward. Governor Lewis acknowledged the collective effort and dedication to securing the funding, especially highlighting the importance of the road to the Gila River Indian Community and the state at large.

Senators Sinema and Kelly, along with Representatives Stanton, Gallego, and Grijalva, lauded the bipartisan infrastructure law's role in making this project possible. They stressed the impact of the I-10 expansion on reducing congestion, improving shipping, and enhancing safety, particularly for the Gila River Indian Community.

ADOT Director Jennifer Toth expressed enthusiasm for the project, highlighting the critical role of the federal grant in expanding the principal roadway between Phoenix and Tucson. The improvements include adding a third lane in each direction, reconstructing the I-10 Bridges over the Gila River, and upgrading six interchanges.

Construction is set to begin in early 2024, with initial work focusing on the replacement of the Gila River bridges over I-10. The project also entails corridor improvements for capacity and safety, including extending the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane, improving interchanges, and installing fiber optic infrastructure for highway safety technology.

This expansive project not only aims to enhance the state's infrastructure but also to stimulate local and regional economies by improving connections for commuters, travelers, and commercial traffic. It underscores Arizona's commitment to modernizing and sustaining its transportation network, promising a brighter future for all who rely on the vital I-10 corridor.

For more information on the I-10 Wild Horse Pass study, visit i10wildhorsepasscorridor.com. Further updates on the project timeline and progress will be provided as the development unfolds.
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