Proposed Pinal road tax could go to SR 347, AJ-to-Coolidge parkway

By Heather Smathers | Pinal Central

Residents had an opportunity to learn first hand what road and infrastructure projects would be prioritized should a 0.5 cent sales tax pass this fall.

The Pinal County Regional Transportation Authority held an open house Monday at the Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center in Casa Grande, giving residents insight into what road projects could be completed with money raised from a sales tax increase. The long-proposed North-South Corridor, a 36-mile, four-lane parkway connecting Apache Junction with Coolidge, would receive the lion’s share of the tax money, according to data presented at the meeting. Extending that eventually to connect with Interstate 10 near Eloy is currently being studied.

Other projects that would receive funding include adding lanes and miles to State Route 347 on the north side of Maricopa, widening Burris and Thornton Roads in the Casa Grande area and acquiring a right of way for a future west Pinal freeway and future Interstate 11 corridor.

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