Two of Maricopa’s busiest thoroughfares are set to receive significant funding for transportation improvements. City leaders and Arizona state legislators have collaborated to approve a $17.9 billion budget, with over $50 million allocated to enhance the State Route 347 and State Route 238 corridors.
The funds will be used for specific projects aimed at:
- Enhancing safety and alleviating congestion on SR347 by reconfiguring two intersections at Cement Plant Road and Casa Blanca. These improvements will completely eliminate cross traffic at these intersections, resulting in improved safety and reduced congestion.
- Completing the remaining phases of the traffic interchange at Riggs Road along SR347.
- Supporting improvements on SR238 within the city limits.
“We all know how important these improvements are not only to alleviate congestion but also to make these roads safer for our residents and visitors alike,” Mayor Nancy Smith said in a statement from the city. “Everyone will benefit from these efforts for years to come and we commend the work of our local representatives, Teresa Martinez and T.J. Shope, who worked tirelessly to secure these funds. They introduced and shepherded the legislation and made these pieces their individual budget requests, fighting for them in the process, and they were 100% instrumental in getting these funds.”
City of Maricopa Intergovernmental Affairs Director Katy Proctor also noted Rep. Keith Seaman’s staunch support of these critical projects: “We are very fortunate to be represented by legislators who support these critical infrastructure projects in our region.”
The budget bills are awaiting the Governor’s signature.