WASHINGTON, DC—Last week, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced that it will fully fund an infrastructure project to completely restructure State Road 189, the gateway to the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. The Mariposa port is one of the busiest in the United States, with more than 7 million trucks crossing the port each year. The project will include construction of flyover ramps that will connect State Road 189 with Interstate 19, a bridge over Frank Reed Road, as well as road and intersection improvements. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
“After countless advocacy efforts from leaders across all levels of government, the Mariposa Port of Entry is getting the much needed revitalization that it needs. International trade with Mexico is critical not only to Arizona’s Third Congressional District—but to both sides of the border. Millions of jobs in Mexico and Arizona depend on efficient trade between them, and this project will not only safeguard existing jobs, but will create new ones. I am proud that local, state, and federal leaders could come togetherand invest in an important infrastructure project for our community, state, and nation.”
Rep. Grijalva led efforts to secure a $25 million TIGER grant for the project in his district, and sent various letters in support of the project to Transportation Secretaries in both the Obama and the Trump administrations. President Trump’s budget calls for the elimination of TIGER funding, which would put federal funding for local infrastructure projects like State Road 189 at risk.
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