Peters Road widening near Lucid included in House-passed bill
CASA GRANDE — At least one long-gestating project within Pinal County was included in a spending bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.
The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act amounts to $715 billion for water and transportation infrastructure.
According to U.S. Tom O’Halleran, D-Sedona, $5 million has been earmarked for widening Peters Road in Casa Grande from two to four lanes. The project, which has been proposed since the 2017 Pinal Regional Transportation Plan, would take place along a one-mile stretch between Thornton Road and Burris Road, in a key area for economic development where the Lucid Motors manufacturing plant is located.
Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland praised O’Halleran’s success with Peters Road, saying the project would directly benefit Lucid’s activities producing electric vehicles. “This will be a big boost for our local economy and for environmental sustainability through the nation,” McFarland said.
Overall, Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, which O’Halleran represents, received funding for four projects. The bill also included two amendments for Indian territory within the district that would allocate $8 million to the tribal transportation safety program and $2.6 billion for new sanitation projects within Indian Country.
In a statement on the bill, O’Halleran stressed the importance of repairing old roads, some of which are located on difficult or dangerous terrain within the district.
“Driving to rural and remote First District communities myself, I’ve seen the infrastructure needs of communities across rural Arizona left on the back burner since before the Great Recession,” O’Halleran said. “I am pleased to see so many of my initiatives included in this bill and am hopeful that all can make it across the finish line.”
The three other infrastructure projects that were approved include: $4.75 million for a new roundabout in the city of Page, $8 million for improvements to the Lone Tree Corridor in Flagstaff and $1.45 million for EV charging stations within the bus routes of the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority.
O’Halleran also said Tucson communities would benefit from the $5 billion grant program designed to treat PFA-polluted water systems.
Several projects within Pinal County were submitted by O’Halleran for Community Project Funding but were not in the recently passed bill. These included just over $900,000 for traffic sign replacements within the Gila River Indian Community, $650,000 for drainage and roadway improvements along Christensen Road near Coolidge, $250,000 for a new Emergency Operations Center in Florence and $2 million for a new Innovation Center in Superior.
The INVEST in America Act passed along party lines last week and is now headed to the Senate.