BRIEF: Investing In Rural Arizona’s Future

Arizona is investing in our rural communities. Over the next five years, the state will invest $4.6 billion in highways, bridges and airports, in addition to targeted investments in this year's budget to support select infrastructure projects and rural broadband development around the state.

As part of these commitments, over $320 million—including $130 million from the Fiscal Year 2020 budget—will fund efforts to widen Interstate-17 to three lanes along 15 miles between Anthem and Black Canyon City and build an 8-mile system of controlled flex lanes on the grade between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point.

The budget also includes $95.3 million for targeted projects to improve safety and economic development. Those investments include:



The Fiscal Year 2020 budget also allocates $3 million in new funding for the Arizona Rural Broadband Development Grant, which will support planning and deployment of broadband infrastructure in rural communities. Ensuring rural communities have access to high-speed internet is essential for accelerating economic development and providing 21st century education opportunities.

Grant applications must be submitted by October 28. For more information, click HERE.stats

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