Major road construction projects in Arizona could be
completed as much as 15 years sooner under a new $307 million fund approved
this year by state lawmakers.
Dubbed the Statewide Transportation Acceleration Needs
account, the appropriation is intended to address exceedingly congested
freeways in the Phoenix area and around the state.
Phoenix-area freeways being targeted for accelerated work
include Interstate 17 north of Carefree Highway; Interstate 10 west from the
future Loop 303 to state Route 85; and I-10 south from Loop 202 to Riggs Road, The Associated Press reported.
An additional $38 million is available to help urban areas
build or improve major highways. The money was approved in June as part of the
state’s 2006-07 budget.
Transportation planners at the Maricopa Association of
Governments will make the final determination of how funds will be distributed, The AP reported. Their recommendations will be turned in to the state
Once the projects are identified for accelerated work, the
Arizona Department of Transportation will set its schedule to move ahead with