City Council Regular Meeting - Includes Action Taken
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Duane Eitel, Traffic Engineer
Finance Director Review:
City Attorney Review:
Type of Action Requested:
Approval of a Resolution in Support of the Interstate 10 Widening Improvement Project.
Staff Recommends the Mayor and City Council approve a Resolution in Support of the
Interstate 10 widening improvement project from Casa Grande to Chandler.
The Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) along with county and municipal officials and planning staff has identified the importance of this corridor with the expected growth of Pinal County. Identified as the “Key Commerce Corridor” and the “bridge to the sun Corridor, by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the I-10 connects Arizona’s two largest metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson. Therefore, this is one of the primary transportation corridors for movement of freight between Pinal County and other metropolitan areas.
Pinal County is expected to increase its population by 29% within the next ten years, which is projected to be the largest growth increase of any county in Arizona. While the employment growth rate is anticipated to increase by 18% over the next ten years.
It is the determination of the Sun Corridor MPO that the acceleration of the I-10 widening project is in the public’s best interest. This is based on concern over the increasing amount of crashes on I-10 causing shut downs of the I-10 corridor which affects freight mobility and traveling visitors.
It is the intent of the Sun Corridor MPO to work cooperatively to jointly advocate to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the State Transportation Board, Arizona’s congressional Delegation, the Arizona Legislator, the Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County, Gila River Indian Community, and other public and private stakeholders to explore additional funding, creative financing, and additional statutory flexibility in order to advance the construction of the I-10 widening project into the ADOT Five-year Transportation Facilities Construction Program.
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