Maricopa celebrates opening of SR 347 overpass

The Maricopa High School marching band marched onto the new State Route 347 overpass on Saturday to help celebrate the ribbon cutting. / Howard Waggner / PinalCentral

By Grace Harrah | Maricopa Monitor

The crowd cheered as a train with horn blaring went under the new State Route 347 overpass, a 16-year project that has finally come to its final stages.

The heat did not stop Maricopa city officials, federal, state and Arizona Department of Transportation officials, school board members and residents of Maricopa from celebrating the official ribbon cutting for the SR 347 overpass. The celebration was accompanied by the Maricopa High School marching band.

The overpass officially opened to the public at 5 a.m. on Monday.

“This is the day that is going to transform Maricopa,” said Mayor Christian Price.

The roadway congestion caused by the trains including Amtrak is soon to be history, and those living on the south side of the tracks will now have a much smoother ride into town.


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