AZ Big Media Flagstaff gets $32.4 million for transportation and pedestrian infrastructure upgrades
A historic $32,460,000 will be invested in transportation and pedestrian safety infrastructure in the City of Flagstaff by the bipartisan Investment in infrastructure and jobs law led by Senator Kyrsten Sinema and shaped by Senator Mark Kelly.
The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, provides improvements to pedestrian safety, supports road expansion and improves public transportation infrastructure, as well as enables critical improvements to freight and passenger rail infrastructure. passengers along the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) Southern Transcontinental Corridor. The project, known as the Downtown Mile Project, is supported by the City of Flagstaff, BNSF, and many other local and regional partners, including Coconino County, Northern Arizona University, and Coconino Community College.
“When we drafted our bipartisan infrastructure law, we ensured that Arizona’s priorities would be addressed so that communities across our state received funding for critical projects. I am proud to announce that today’s transformative grant – which we helped secure – will enable the City of Flagstaff to make much-needed improvements to increase rail efficiency, improve roads and protect pedestrians, while boosting economic opportunity,” said Sinema, co-author and chief negotiator of the Investment in infrastructure and jobs right.
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“I am pleased to see these critical investments we secured in our bipartisan infrastructure act come to the City of Flagstaff. The Downtown Mile project will improve regional freight rail infrastructure, build a new regional transit hub, and upgrade and improve Flagstaff’s roads and sidewalks. It will also allow the city to complete the Rio de Flag flood control project, which has been a priority for many Arizona residents and small businesses affected by repeated flooding. We will continue to work with Flagstaff leaders to ensure they have the support and resources they need,” said Senator Mark Kelly.
“We are deeply grateful for Senator Sinema’s unwavering support in securing the $32.46 million INFRA grant for the Downtown Mile project. This monumental project will reduce traffic congestion in the busiest section of downtown Flagstaff and provide traffic and pedestrian connectivity in and out of downtown, keeping everyone safe. the citizens. We are so grateful for Senator Sinema’s support and advocacy to support this critical infrastructure project as she continues to be a leader in transportation,” said Coconino County Chairman Patrice Horstman.
“Senator Sinema continues to be a champion for Mountain Line. Whether it’s sponsoring the bill to increase the reserve for successful transit agencies like ours, helping us secure a grant federal funding of $15 million to build the new Downtown Connection Center (DCC) or lead efforts to increase transit funding in the IIJA until today’s announcement of the INFRA grant of $32.46 million for the Downtown Mile project. This is yet another example of how hard she works for Northern Arizona. More importantly, this INFRA grant of $32.46 million will transform downtown Flagstaff’s transportation corridors and expedite the completion of DCC We are extremely grateful and grateful for Senator Sinema’s efforts to provide transportation solutions and funds to NAIPTA and we congratulate her on being awarded this transformative grant,” said Heather Dalmolin, CEO and Managing Director of NAIPTA (Mountain Line).
“Senator Sinema has been a transformative leader in transportation. Because of his tremendous leadership in adopting the IIJA, new programs have been created and oversubscribed programs have received an influx of new funding. She has always been a strong supporter of finding creative and innovative ways to help fund this critically important Downtown Mile project that will help the city widen the Milton Bridge and raise its height to state standards, complete Flag’s Rio project, in which she played a key role. fund the project’s final construction costs, expedite construction of the downtown connection project, which it strongly recommended be funded through a federal grant, and complete the Lone Tree Corridor, a major arterial road that will help reduce traffic congestion on the east side of downtown. In short, Senator Sinema has been a champion for the Flagstaff community and we are extremely grateful for her hard work and support in helping us secure this $32.46 million INFRA grant,” said the Mayor. of Flagstaff, Paul Deasy.
The investment of more than $32 million will fully fund several projects in Flagstaff, including: a pedestrian underpass at Rio de Flag, an underpass at Milton Road to accommodate future widening of the road from four to six lanes and an increase in vertical clearances, a pedestrian underpass at Florence-Walnut, the installation of pedestrian barriers at the Beaver Street and San Francisco Street railroad crossings, and the realignment of the BNSF rail line.
The grant for this project comes from the The Nationally Important Multimodal Freight and Highway Projects program, commonly known as the INFRA grant program, which has been significantly updated and expanded through the Investment in infrastructure and jobs right.
At Sinema and Kelly’s Investment in infrastructure and jobs right makes largest-ever investment in U.S. public transit with $39.2 billion to expand transit systems, increase accessibility and fund the nation’s transit system repair backlog , estimated at more than 24,000 buses; 5,000 wagons; 200 stations; and thousands of miles of track, signals and electrical systems – and the biggest investment in passenger rail since Amtrak’s inception. Earlier this year, Sinema and Kelly announcement that $176 million would be invested in Arizona public transportation this year alone.
Sinema led bipartisan negotiations in the Senate with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, which included Senator Kelly and senators from both parties.
The bipartisan infrastructure law has been supported by groups such as the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, the AFL-CIO, the National Retail Federation, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the building trade unions of North America, the Outdoor Industry Association, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the National Education Association, as well as hundreds of mayors in all 50 states.