Phoenix— The Arizona State Transportation Board has given approval to using $193 million in state funds to accelerate seven Phoenix area freeway projects by several years, including adding new lanes to sections of interstates 10 and 17. The list of projects recommended by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Arizona Department of Transportation received final approval from the Transportation Board during a recent monthly meeting.
Gov. Janet Napolitano worked with the Legislature to ensure that additional funding was included in the state budget to speed up transportation projects. Under the STAN (Statewide Transportation Acceleration Needs) legislation, ADOT and regional authorities will use more than $300 million to accelerate highway projects across the state.
Projects on the MAG region list include adding new lanes in each direction to Interstate 17 between Carefree Highway (SR-74) and Anthem Way north of Phoenix and to Interstate 10 between Sarival Road and Verrado Way in the West Valley. Construction of both projects would be accelerated by 14 years, starting in 2009 instead of 2023.
"The STAN program is a big step in the right direction," said ADOT Director Victor Mendez. "We're pleased with the way our work with local communities has identified their top priorities for faster construction."
Other Phoenix area projects being accelerated include adding HOV carpool lanes in each direction along the Loop 101 (Price Freeway) from Baseline Road to the Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) and along the Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) between Tatum Boulevard and Princess Drive, starting in 2008. Interchange and bridge projects also will be accelerated by about three years on the Loop 303 at Bell, Cactus and Waddell roads. Right-of-way funding will be provided for the future Williams Gateway Freeway in Mesa.