Current Five-Year Program
The board has formally adopted the 2014-2018 Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program. The board's action determines which projects will move forward in while allocating dedicated funding to preservation of Arizona's existing highway system over the next five years. In addition, four major projects will move forward in the Pima County region and 15 major projects will advance in the Maricopa County region using, in part, funding generated by those regions.
The board wrestled with some tough choices about how to fund major projects and still preserve the existing highway system. The proposed projects drew a tremendous amount of interest and comment from communities across Arizona. Due to a major decline in transportation funding, ADOT must reduce the 2014-2018 Five-Year Program by a total of $350 million statewide and will move toward preserving existing highway infrastructure. This significant reduction in funding means fewer expansion projects will move forward.
As part of the public comment process for the Five-Year Program, ADOT developed three scenarios to address how to fund projects in Arizona with limited money. Scenario A focused on allocating the majority of funding to preservation. Scenario B focused on moving major projects forward with the available funding. Scenario C focused on a combination of preservation and major projects. Ultimately, the board adopted a modified version of Scenario C.
The following is the list of projects for Arizona during the 2014-2018 Five-Year Program. The first item includes a project that was approved by the board to be accelerated to the current fiscal year (FY 2013):
- SR 89, Deep Well Ranch Road to South Chino Valley: On June 14, the board voted to accelerate this highway widening project from FY 2014 to FY 2013, placing it in the current Five-Year Program. This is a $25 million project that will be funded with unexpended money from other ADOT highway projects.
- Interstate 10, Ehrenberg Port of Entry, Phase One: $8 million will be allocated in FY 2014 for technology improvements.
- US 95, Fortuna Wash Bridge Construction: $1.5 million will be allocated in FY 2014 for design, and $13.5 million will be allocated in FY 2015 for construction.
- SR 260, Lion Springs Section: Will be reduced from $40 million to $5 million, which will be allocated in FY 2018 for design work on this widening project. The $35 million previously allocated for this project will now go toward pavement preservation.
- US 60, Silver King Section and Superior Streets: $45 million will be accelerated from FY 2016 to FY 2015 for this widening project.
- SR 260, I-17 to Thousand Trails: $4 million will be allocated in FY 2014 for scoping and $62 million will be allocated in FY 2016 for construction of this widening project.
The public comment period for the 2014-2018 Five-Year Program began on March 8 and ended on May 17. During this time, public hearings were held in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, and ADOT received 1,300 comments from people across Arizona who expressed their views about what projects should be included in the Five-Year Program.
The Five-Year Program serves as a blueprint for future projects and designates how much local, state and federal funding is allocated for those projects. It is divided into three sections: the Maricopa County region, the Pima County region and the 13 counties that make up Greater Arizona.
The Five-Year Program is updated annually. Each program begins with a long-range visioning process, moves into a more realistic 20-year plan and finally yields each Five-Year Program. The program is developed by working closely with local planning organizations and community leaders to identify ready-to-construct or design projects.
Funding for the Five-Year Program is generated by the users of transportation services, primarily through the gasoline tax and the vehicle license tax.