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Phoenix capital improvement plan jumps 30%

Posted by   /  May 16, 2017  /  Economy, Transportation, Water  /  No Comments

By Rebekah Morris and Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange The preliminary five-year total for the City of Phoenix Capital Improvement Plan tops $4.6B, an impressive 30 percent increase over last year’s total. Departments with the largest expenditures are public transit, aviation and water supply. For perspective, the peak 5-yr total reached 7.0B in 2007, […]

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There isn’t much of a plan yet for Interstate 11, official says

Posted by   /  May 12, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Transportation  /  No Comments

Large turnout for ADOT meeting in Casa Grande By Heather Smathers | PinalCentral While the Interstate 11 corridor is still a distant dream, state transportation officials are putting in some legwork now. At a public meeting held Wednesday night in Casa Grande, officials from the Arizona Department of Transportation explained the proposed project and solicited […]

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Solar panel roads: The future is getting closer to now

Posted by   /  May 11, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Transportation  /  1 Comment

By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal Craig Coppola, a principal with Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services and a prominent CRE broker, first wrote about the idea of roads and parking lots made of solar panels back in 2014 for an economic and industry blog he pens. Now Coppola is back and talking […]

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One big $280M airport contract poised to be awarded as another bidding

Posted by   /  May 9, 2017  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

Phoenix Business Journal The city of Phoenix is closing in on the award of a big $280 million contract to further extend the PHX Sky Train monorail to the rental car center at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The Sky Train already runs from the Metro light rail station at 44th and Washington streets to […]

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Corps of Engineers to hear permit case for South Mountain Freeway Tuesday

Posted by   /  May 7, 2017  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public hearing next week on a permit needed for the South Mountain Freeway. The hearing – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, Gila River Branch-Komatke, 5047 West Pecos Road, Laveen – won’t slow down construction, the Arizona […]

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Paving the way for CANAMEX, highway of the future

Posted by   /  May 5, 2017  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

The proposed I-11 “highway of the future” calls for energy efficient rail and roadways. /Rendering courtesy of the Sonoran Institute By Ryan Santistevan | Cronkite News PHOENIX – Imagine a road trip in 2030 on a super interstate highway that stretches from Arizona’s border with Mexico to the U.S.-Canada border in Montana. And it won’t […]

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Scottsdale citizen petition seeks curbing of 118th Street extension

Posted by   /  May 4, 2017  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

By Terrance Thornton | Scottsdale Independent More than 300 signatures have been gathered to convince city leaders to rethink the connecting of 118th Street from Ranch Gate Road to Dynamite Boulevard in north Scottsdale. Scottsdale resident David Eigel says he is concerned the half-mile connection will change the character of the Troon North community and […]

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Mayor sees freeway as West Valley bonanza, not a threat to Ahwatukee

Posted by   /  May 3, 2017  /  Economy, Government and Politics, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News Many Ahwatukee homeowners may see the South Mountain Freeway as a threat to their quality of life, but Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton sees it as a gateway to a new Silicon Valley in the city’s western region. In his annual State of the City address, Stanton on April […]

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Growing pains on roads across the state

Posted by   /  May 2, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Lily Altavena | Cronkite News Service Mayor Sandy Moriarty is used to getting these messages: frustrated emails from residents blaming Sedona’s traffic problems on tourists, asking the city to stop marketing to them. Occasionally, she’ll pick up an angry call with similar exasperated “rants.” This small town of 10,000 people attracts 2.8 million annual […]

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How self-driving cars will profoundly change real estate

Posted by   /  May 2, 2017  /  Real Estate, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Deborah Findling | CNBC Menlo Ventures managing director Venky Ganesan says that urban spaces will change dramatically once self-driving cars become widespread. “The average house is roughly 3,000 sq ft and it’s been going up. The size of your garage is roughly 500 sq ft. That means roughly 15 to 20% of your living […]

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