By Corinne Murdock
On Monday, the Arizona House approved the Senate bill appropriating $400 million to widen the I-10 highway between Chandler and Casa Grande.
SB1239 enables the funds to not only be used for construction, but for obtaining federal funds to match the state funds.
The Biden administration has already allocated funds to the I-10 under the president’s infrastructure initiative.
The I-10 is the fourth-largest national highway in the country, connecting the southernmost states from coast to coast.
State Senator T.J. Shope (R-Coolidge) sponsored the bill.
The House and Senate passed it almost unanimously. Only State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-Scottsdale) and State Representative Jacqueline Parker (R-Mesa) voted against it.
Ugenti-Rita insisted that the funding wasn’t a wise move fiscally.
Both Democrats and Republicans hailed the bill as an advance in critical Arizona infrastructure, alleviating traffic burdens.