City of San Luis to receive federal funds to improve César Chávez Boulevard
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) announced that the City of San Luis would receive $25 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to improve and widen five miles of César Chávez Boulevard. The project also includes stormwater infrastructure improvements, bus stops, intersection improvements, fiber, bike facilities and sidewalks.
Rep. Grijalva sent several letters to USDOT over the years in support of the César Chávez Boulevard grant proposal. Most recently, Rep. Grijalva sent a letter in February 2023 to Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Read the letter here.
“This federal grant is a critical investment in the people of the borderlands and the city of San Luis,” said Rep. Grijalva. “As a cross-border community, this funding will reconstruct and modernize César Chávez Boulevard making it safer for all modes of traffic, increase environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle emissions and boost economic competitiveness for the region. I’m proud to have supported this critical project for many years and will continue to fight for federal funds that will improve sustainability and the quality-of-life for the people of southern Arizona.”
“On behalf of the City of San Luis, thank you! The 25 million grant awarded to the City of San Luis will allow the city to complete the Cesar Chavez Boulevard Improvements from start to finish,” said Mayor Nieves Riedel. “I want to express my gratitude to our Acting City Administrator Jenny Torres and her team for their hard work on this project, which will come to fruition.”
“I also want to express my gratitude for Senator Mark Kelly, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Congressman Ruben Gallego, and everyone who has worked hard to ensure San Luis had the funding for this much anticipated and needed community project. I can assure you rural Arizona is in good hands,” Mayor Riedel added.
The funding is part of the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program. RAISE discretionary grants help project sponsors at the state and local levels, including municipalities, Tribal governments, counties, and others complete critical freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects.