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March 7, 2017 12:00 PM, EST

Arizona Governor Presses Trump Administration for Freight Expansion Dollars

Office of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Increasing vehicle capacity to alleviate congestion and improve safety along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and the ports in the Los Angeles area is among the infrastructure projects for which Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) would welcome funding assistance from the federal government.

An estimated $250 million would be required to finalize the modernization of the I-10 corridor that would facilitate the flow of freight to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, according to the governor’s office, which last week provided the White House with a list of 12 large-scale projects.

The list also included a bridge improvement project on I-15, and a lane widening project along state Road 260 in the central part of the state.

The governor’s call for federal assistance came after the National Governors Association sent the Trump White House a list of 428 infrastructure projects the group said merited federal attention. The projects ranged from ports and freight corridors to pipelines and bridges. The association’s list has not been made public.

Last month, Sue Gander, transportation director at the association, said their list’s objective is to assist the administration in identifying large-scale projects.

“I think it points to the need that’s out there, the opportunity to move forward when we do get the funding and financing and permitting worked out,” Gander said.