By Mark DeLap | InMaricopa (Photo via Secretary Pete Buttigieg Twitter)
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stopped by State Route 347 and Riggs Road on Thursday afternoon to hear the concerns of local leaders about the dangerous roadway.
Serious accidents and fatalities on the highway have drawn cries for help from state and local officials in Maricopa and Pinal counties. Congressman Tom O’Halleran, District 1, used the visit to elevate visibility of the safety issue to the top official in the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington.
As rush-hour traffic streamed by, Buttigieg and O’Halleran chatted with Mayor Christian Price, Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community and Chairman Robert Miguel of the Ak-Chin Indian Community at the deadliest intersection on the 13-mile stretch of road connecting Maricopa with the Valley.
Every time we help somebody take quality public transit, we’re helping meet our climate goals. pic.twitter.com/peqiQeZAka— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) July 18, 2021