Sonoran Desert Parkway expansion in next year’s budget

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This image shows the second phase of the Sonoran Desert Parkway, which will continue from Porter to Fuqua roads. [Courtesy of City of Maricopa]
This image shows the second phase of the Sonoran Desert Parkway, which will continue from Porter to Fuqua roads. [Courtesy of City of Maricopa]

City leaders yesterday shared new information about roadway construction and improvement projects budgeted for the next fiscal year.

Top among those was the second phase of the Sonoran Desert Parkway, which opened as a two-mile connector between John Wayne Parkway and Porter Road in October.

The 2.2-mile expansion eastward would continue from Porter Road, across the Santa Rosa Wash and over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks before meeting Fuqua Road at Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. The budget showed an estimated completion date of June 2027.

Although final plans won’t be available for a few months, the preliminary budget showed the parkway’s second leg would cost around $41.216 million, or about $18.7 million per mile.

That included $1.2 million for the next fiscal year.

By comparison, the first leg of the Sonoran Desert Parkway cost approximately $30 million, or $15 million per mile.

Other road projects highlighted yesterday included:

  • Green Road Bypass: Estimated budget is $34 million, to be completed in 2030.
  • State Route 238 improvements: Estimated budget is $21.6 million, to be completed in 2026.