The second public hearing for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m. in Marana. The meeting will be held in the Town of Marana Council Chambers, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive. The monthly State Transportation Board meeting will follow the public hearing.
The Five-Year Program is updated every year and serves as a blueprint that details where, when and how regional, state and federal funding will be spent for projects over the next five years to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure. This includes highways, bridges, transit and aviation.
The 2015-2019 Tentative Five-Year Program reflects a major focus on preserving the existing state highway system to keep it in good repair, while moving some programmed projects forward. ADOT must prioritize projects because of stagnant revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes and from decreased federal funding, all of which support the Five-Year Program.
The Tentative Five-Year Program includes a 3 percent increase in preservation spending over the 2014-2018 Program, with a steady increase over the next 10 years. Preserving the system means protecting an investment of $18.4 billion, the estimated value of the state highway system. The funding for the 2015-2019 Tentative Five-Year Program looks like this:
• Greater Arizona: $1.8 billion over five years (60 percent for preservation, 11 percent for expansion and 29 percent for modernization).
• Maricopa County region: $1.7 billion over five years.
• Pima County region: $349 million over five years.
• Aviation: $1.1 billion over five years.
The Maricopa and Pima county regions have independent revenue streams established through voter-approved sales tax increases.
The 2015-2019 Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program is available for public review and comment. ADOT has developed a “how to read it” guide and welcomes feedback.
The State Transportation Board will consider public comments received by May 20. The first public hearing was held in March in Phoenix. The third and final public hearing will be held on May 9 in Flagstaff. The board is expected to adopt the final 2015-2019 Five-Year Program at its June 13 meeting in Willcox.