IN THE NEWS: Infrastructure Investments Arriving to Arizona Thanks to Kelly-Shaped Law

Did you hear? Thanks to Senator Mark Kelly’s work on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the bipartisan infrastructure law, Arizona can expect billions of dollars invested in the state’s infrastructure, from Yuma to Phoenix to the Navajo Nation. 

Kelly is one of the members of the Senate bipartisan group that negotiated and shaped the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, and was part of working groups made up of Senators to draft specific portions of the legislation, including those focusing on water and power infrastructure, superfunds and brownfields, permitting, and wildfire mitigation.  

Take a look at the news clips below: 

KYMA: EPA announces over $109 million in water infrastructure funding for Arizona

On December 2, Michael S. Regan, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced funding focusing on the EPA’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs.

This funding comes from the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will allow the SRF programs to create jobs, upgrade water infrastructures and address key challenges. […]

KTAR: Rural Arizona communities get $19.3M for critical infrastructure improvements

The USDA announced Friday it is investing $19.3 million to build and improve critical infrastructure in rural Arizona communities.

The announcement, which follows the recently-approved Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will help expand access to clean water and high-speed internet in homes and businesses. […]

KTAR: Arizona’s airports to get nearly $70 million from infrastructure law in first year

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday Arizona’s 58 airports will receive $69.5 million over the next year for infrastructure improvements. […]

The money can be used for runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects. It’s the first of five rounds of funding Arizona airports will receive.

Arizona Republic: With cutbacks imminent, Arizona and other states scramble to save Colorado River water

…In all, the states are committing $100 million to such efforts over the next two years. They are likely to apply for more money from the federal government, Buschatzke said. The infrastructure package that President Biden signed this week includes $300 million for drought mitigation on the Colorado River, with $250 million of it for the river’s lower basin, which includes Arizona, California and Nevada. […]

Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, toured a Chandler park that doubles as a water recycling center last week to show the kind of project that the infrastructure funds could promote. Veterans Oasis Park centers on a fishing pond but also an undeveloped zone into which the city sinks treated wastewater for later reuse after further treatment. […]

AZ Business Magazine: $969M investment coming to Arizona from infrastructure law

$969 million will be invested in Arizona highways, roads, and bridges from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law led by Senator Kyrsten Sinema and shaped by Senator Mark Kelly.

The $969,307,549 in funding from the Senators’ bipartisan infrastructure law will make long-overdue investments in Arizona’s roads and bridges—improving safety, and reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries. These investments will create thousands of jobs across the state and strengthen Arizona’s trucking workforce by establishing new recruitment and training programs. […]

12 News: Billions of dollars coming to Arizona to improve infrastructure

Payson Roundup: Infrastructure plans could boost county broadband plan

Rural Arizona has a big stake in how the proposed national expansion of broadband coverage in two new infrastructure bills plays out.

Many households in Navajo, Apache and Gila counties don’t have internet — because they can’t get a signal or can’t afford to pay the rates if they can get service, according to one statewide study. […]

However, efforts to expand and improve service in all three counties have languished for years for lack of funding.

The first, $1 trillion, federal Infrastructure and Jobs Act included an estimated $100 million to improve broadband infrastructure in Arizona. President Joe Biden has already signed that act into law, including the national pot of $65 billion to improve internet access.