Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson may receive some federal funding for much needed attention. The Arizona Department of Transportation has been recommended for a U.S. Department of Transportation FASTLANE grant that could fund two widening projects and traffic-management technology.
FASTLANE, short for the Fostering Advancements In Shipping And Transportation For The Long-Term Achievement Of National Efficiencies, grants are designated for to nationally and regionally significant freight and highway projects.
If awarded, the $54 million grant will go toward the following projects on I-10:
- Widening four miles in the Picacho area to three lanes in each direction while reconstructing the interchange with State Route 87.
- Widening four miles between Interstate 8 and Earley Road to three lanes in each direction while upgrading ramps at Jimmie Kerr Boulevard near Casa Grande.
- Making technology enhancements to improve traffic management and safety, including remote sensors to provide early warning of approaching dust.
Projected to cost $157.5 million, ADOT will provide the remaining $103.5 million. The two widening projects have been included in ADOT’s 2017-2021 Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program.
FASTLANE grants were established by the 2015 FAST Act, making $800 million in federal funds available to state departments of transportation. Formal notification of FASTLANE grants is expected after a 60-day congressional review period.
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