Kelly, Sinema Announce Over $34.5 Million Investment Coming to Strengthen Roadway, Pedestrian, & Cyclist Safety in Phoenix & Flagstaff from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law led by Sinema and shaped by Kelly invests over $34.5 million in key infrastructure improvements enhancing safety in disproportionately dangerous areas
More than $34 million will be invested in strengthening roadway safety for pedestrians and cyclists in disproportionately dangerous areas in Phoenix and Flagstaff from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law led by Senator Kyrsten Sinema and shaped by Senator Mark Kelly.
The $24,962,745 grant for Phoenix will be used to implement intersection and pedestrian safety infrastructure improvements along Indian School Road between 91st and 39th Avenues. The $9,611,991 grant for Flagstaff will allow the city to implement the Butler Avenue Complete Streets Conversion – installing bike lanes, protected intersections, a new pedestrian crossing, and more to enhance safety.
“Our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is addressing rising traffic fatalities by funding smart roadway safety improvements to protect Arizonans,” said Kelly.
“Thanks to the funds we secured in our bipartisan infrastructure law, we’re making our roads safer for Arizona pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure law.
The investment was awarded through the Safe Streets and Roads for All Program, which supports projects driven at the local level to improve safety and help prevent deaths and serious injuries on roadways.
From 2017-2021, there were 39 fatal and 85 serious-injury crashes along Indian School Road between 91st and 39th Avenues in Phoenix, resulting in 39 people killed and 109 people seriously injured. In the last five years the Butler Avenue corridor in Flagstaff has had 282 recorded crashes, cementing it as the single-highest bicycle-crash corridor within City jurisdiction. In November, Kelly led a Senate hearing to examine how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is addressing roadway safety challenges, including rising traffic fatalities in Arizona.
The more than $34.5 million investment Kelly and Sinema secured for these two disproportionately dangerous parts of Arizona will enhance safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists by making critical infrastructure upgrades.
Sinema led bipartisan Senate negotiations with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio that included Senator Kelly and senators from both parties.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was supported by groups including The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, The National Association of Manufacturers, The AFL-CIO, The National Retail Federation, The Bipartisan Policy Center, North America’s Building Trades Unions, the Outdoor Industry Association, The American Hotel and Lodging Association, The National Education Association, as well as hundreds of mayors across all 50 states.