Kelly, Sinema Announce Over $75.2 Million in RAISE Grants for Arizona Transportation Projects

Millions in RAISE Grants coming to Arizona to rebuild roads and bridges in poor condition, create bike and pedestrian bridges, and conduct vital research to determine improvement and safety measures

Arizona Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema announced RAISE grants for transportation projects across Arizona totaling $75,250,150. Kelly and Sinema both ensured their bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law increased RAISE grants’ ability to invest in Arizona cities.

The transportation projects range from advancing the late John McCain’s Rio Reimagined vision of revitalizing the Rio Salado River with a new bike and pedestrian bridge, to replacing a structurally deficient bridge in an economically distressed part of Tucson, to conducting vital research in Navajo County to improve safety measures, to rural road reconstruction in Mohave, and more.

“A year ago, we worked with Republicans and Democrats to negotiate and pass our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law so we can rebuild and upgrade critical infrastructure in communities across Arizona. Thanks to our work, we are proud to announce these grants that will support infrastructure projects in Phoenix, Tucson, Navajo County, and the Colorado River Indian Tribes. These projects will create more Arizona jobs while improving the safety and efficiency of Arizonans’ commutes to and from school, work, and doctor’s appointments. I will continue working closely with Arizona leaders to make sure our state takes full advantage of this historic investment in American infrastructure,” said Senator Kelly.

“Today’s grant funding will better connect communities across Arizona, improve safety, lower emissions, and expand economic opportunity for our state. This is the direct result of our advocacy to increase funding for RAISE grants in our bipartisan infrastructure law, and I couldn’t be more proud to see them put to great use,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law. 

RAISE – Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity – grants are awarded based on applications from local municipalities, allowing the Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Kelly and Sinema both ensured their Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law included increased funding for RAISE Grants, helping to boost Arizona infrastructure projects for years to come. 

Complete list of RAISE grant recipients:

Grant PurposeApplicantPlace of PerformanceApplicant StateAmount AwardedProject Description
Southern Navajo County Regional Multimodal Planning StudyNavajo CountyNavajo CountyArizona$261,000This planning project will fund Navajo County’s regional multi-modal study on the approximate 16-mile segment of SR 260 between US 60 and SR 73 and the surrounding neighborhoods. The project will identify areas for improvement, determine adequate safety measures, and prepare pre-construction documents. It will also conduct community outreach, form a technical advisory committee, and develop a comprehensive plan.
Rio Reimagined: 3rd Street Rio Salado Bicycle/Pedestrian BridgeCity of PhoenixPhoenixArizona$25,000,000The project will construct a bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the Rio Salado River along the 3rd Street alignment, and add low-emitting solar pedestrian-scale lighting and pathway amenities between Central Avenue and 40th Street.
22nd Street Revitalization ProjectCity of TucsonTucsonArizona$25,000,000The project will seek to improve approximately 0.85 miles of 22nd Street from Kino Parkway to Tucson Boulevard. The project replaces an existing bridge in poor condition with a new bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad and State Route 210, expands 22nd Street from four lanes to six lanes with a divided median, and constructs a separate bicycle and pedestrian bridge.
Mohave Road ReconstructionColorado Indian River TribesColorado Indian Reservation, La Paz CountyArizona$24,989,000This project will reconstruct Mohave Road from State Route 95 south to Agnes Wilson Road for a length of approximately 10.5 miles (from milepost 39.4 to 28.9), including asphalt pavement and shoulders, intersection turn lane improvements, streetlighting, signage, striping and construction administration costs.

Last year, Kelly and Sinema supported Yuma’s RAISE grant application for the Multimodal Transportation Center – a success for the community that will help the historic downtown’s revitalization effort with the development of Hotel del Sol – and ensuring the necessary investments for Multiversity to improve educational facilities for Yuma students and their access to good education.