PRIMER: Enhancing Arizona’s Infrastructure

News Release

March 25, 2019

Governor Ducey’s fiscally conservative, balanced budget pays down debt, saves for the future and makes targeted investments in the things that matter like public safety, child safety and K-12 education.

The balanced budget also invests in improving Arizona’s infrastructure, helping support commerce, increase safety and ensure Arizona can continue to bring new, high-paying jobs to the state.

Here are some of the infrastructure investments included in Governor Ducey’s fiscal year 2020 Executive Budget:

  • Expanding Interstate 17: This year’s budget invests a total of $130 million from 2020 to 2022 to accelerate and expand the widening of Interstate 17 from Anthem to Black Canyon City, a critical commerce corridor. The expansion of the interstate will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety, especially during peak traffic times.
  • Developing Rural Broadband Internet: High-speed internet remains vital to our state’s economic development, education, public safety and more. The budget invests $3 million to improve rural broadband connectivity and offset construction costs of expanding broadband services.
  • Enhancing Ports Of Entry: The budget includes an investment of $700,000 to build a new cold room inspection facility at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. The cold room will improve the port’s ability to import temperature-sensitive cargo like produce and pharmaceuticals, allowing Arizona to move more goods through our ports.
  • Preventative Road Resurfacing: The budget prioritizes funding for preventive road surface maintenance with an investment of $10.5 million. With the additional funding, Arizona will have a total of $51 million to maximize the life of highways in good condition across our state.