Arizona's first toll road could be in the works

| 5/26/2006

Arizona currently doesn’t have any toll roads, but that could change if the city of Casa Grande can clear a few hurdles.

Casa Grande Mayor Chuck Walton told the Arizona Daily Star that a link between Interstates 8 and 10 is needed, and one way to construct the six-lane, 15-mile stretch is to make it a toll road.

Walton said he hopes to have planning in the works by the end of the year, but there is a catch. The proposed road would run through land owned by the Gila River American Indian Community. Any proposals would have to meet approval of Gila Community tribal leaders.

Casa Grande officials are reportedly working on other routes for the toll road should the Gila Community not approve the current proposal.

Officials reported that Casa Grande is growing and expected to have a population of more than 1 million within 20 years.