Arizonans comment on ADOT projects as funding enables improvements

Road improvements to take place, residents to comment.  

The opportunity for public input recently begun, as Arizonans comment on the Arizona Department of Transportation's project proposals for the upcoming five years.

The plans are part of the Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program, which will span from 2017 to 2021, which will be working to widen roads in Pinal County and US 93 and create a railroad overpass at State Road 347 in Maricopa.

The funding for the SR 347 project comes from a TIGER grant for $15 million, and a local contribution of another $15 million has been made, making the total, along with ADOT's $19 million commitment, $49 million.

The director of ADOT's Multimodal Planning Division, Michael Kies, commented on the benefit of the funding.

"Increased funding opportunities, particularly through the FAST Act, have allowed ADOT to propose accelerating some expansion projects in Greater Arizona that, once complete, will enhance key freight corridors for the movement of commerce," Kies said.

The public comment period began on March 18 in Oro Valley, and the next will be on April 15 in Phoenix. The final public comment meeting will take place on May 20 in Flagstaff.

The existing state highway system has a value of $20 billion, which ADOT is committed to maintaining through repairs and improvements.

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