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For Immediate Release:

Sept. 28, 2007

Cities Reach Agreement on Funding for I-10 Widening

 

GOODYEAR, AZ – The city councils of Avondale, Goodyear and Litchfield Park on Thursday approved a joint intergovernmental agreement with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and the State of Arizona for accelerating the construction of improvements to Interstate 10.

 

As part of the agreement, the cities arrived at a solution to divide the funding responsibilities for the interest costs related to accelerating the widening of I-10. Last month, the MAG Regional Council approved $7 million for the three cities to offset their interest costs for this project, which will allow the project to move ahead to next year – four years sooner than originally scheduled in the Regional Transportation Plan. The cities’ share for the cost of this project is $2.7 million, which will be split in the following way: Goodyear – $1,853,500; Avondale – $756,500; and Litchfield Park – $58,000.

 

“I am so pleased that through this agreement, our cities will be able to meet two critical objectives – namely to move this project along in an expeditious manner and to make sure that the burden borne by our taxpayers is fair and minimal,” said Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers.

 

“This agreement by our cities means that the project will move forward without any further delay. I am pleased that we have acted to ensure the safety of our citizens and those who travel the I-10,” said Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh.

 

“On behalf of our three cities, we wish to thank the state legislature for recognizing the inequities of the funding dilemma faced by our three cities, and for coming up with a legislative solution through the Statewide Transportation Acceleration Needs (STAN) Account,” said Litchfield Park Mayor Tom Schoaf. “We are especially grateful to State Rep. John Nelson for his leadership, since it was his efforts that brought to light the need to help fund the acceleration for this regionally significant federal highway.”

 

The State Transportation Board met in a special meeting today and approved the IGA. With the board’s approval in place, the Arizona Department of Transportation can move forward immediately and put the project out to bid, allowing construction to remain on schedule for this fall.

 

For additional information, contact: Pier Simeri, Avondale Public Information, (623) 333-1611; Paula Ilardo, Goodyear Public Information, (623) 882-7820; Darryl Crossman, Litchfield Park City Manager, (623) 935-5033.

 

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