Billion dollar surplus means more construction projects Valley-wide

Posted: Updated:
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) reported a $1.25 billion surplus, which they will use to help bring back some sidelined projects and jump-start some current projects in the regional transportation plan. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) reported a $1.25 billion surplus, which they will use to help bring back some sidelined projects and jump-start some current projects in the regional transportation plan. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
According to Hazlett, 15 projects that were essentially put on the back burner in 2009 after the downturn in the economy are now back in play. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) According to Hazlett, 15 projects that were essentially put on the back burner in 2009 after the downturn in the economy are now back in play. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A little more than $1 billion is about to help Arizona's families get around town easier.

The Maricopa Association of Governments has reported a $1.25 billion surplus which they'll use to help bring back some sidelined projects and jump-start some current projects in the regional transportation plan.

"It's not very often that we have these kinds of good news stories in government that we can say we found extra cash, extra money to be able to help us out," said Bob Hazlett, Senior Engineering Manager of MAG.

It's cash MAG says is a result of a variety of things, including working with their partners like The Arizona Department of Transportation, to really drill down planned project costs and an unexpected increase in revenue.

"Our sales tax revenues, the sales tax that's collected for transportation, has been very strong over the last couple of years and so that's starting to add up," Hazlett said.

More money means more construction.

Hazlett said 15 projects that were essentially put on the back burner in 2009 after the downturn in the economy are now back in play and timelines for other improvements have been moved up.

"The biggest ones are right here on Loop 101, right here on The Loop 202 San Tan, State Route 30 and State route 24," said Hazlett.

The Loop 101 from Pima Road to I-17 is going to be widened with the addition of another lane in both directions.

East Valley commuters will also see some widening on the Loop 202 Santan between Gilbert and I-10, and in the Queen Creek area State Route 24 is expected to help increase access.

For those who live in the West Valley, State Route 30 dubbed as the alternative to I-10, is becoming more of a reality thanks to the surplus.

"We're pulling out all the stops here to make sure we can get these projects underway as quickly as possible," Hazlett said. 

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


  • Featured VideoMore>>

  • Student in critical condition after Indianapolis middle school shooting identified

    Student in critical condition after Indianapolis middle school shooting identified

    Saturday, May 26 2018 4:11 PM EDT2018-05-26 20:11:21 GMT
    This undated photo provided by the Whistler family shows Ella Whistler, who was shot in a classroom May 25, 2018 at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., near Indianapolis. (Whistler family)This undated photo provided by the Whistler family shows Ella Whistler, who was shot in a classroom May 25, 2018 at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., near Indianapolis. (Whistler family)

    An Indiana middle school student armed with two handguns opened fire inside his science classroom, authorities said, wounding a classmate and a teacher whose swift intervention was credited with saving lives.

    More >

    An Indiana middle school student armed with two handguns opened fire inside his science classroom, authorities said, wounding a classmate and a teacher whose swift intervention was credited with saving lives.

    More >
  • Avondale suspect's mother upset over use of force during son's arrest

    Avondale suspect's mother upset over use of force during son's arrest

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:40 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:40:19 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    After video surfaced showing a dramatic police take-down in Avondale, that man's mother says she's furious. She says her son didn't deserve that kind of force.

    More >

    After video surfaced showing a dramatic police take-down in Avondale, that man's mother says she's furious. She says her son didn't deserve that kind of force.

    More >
  • Dirty Dining May 25: Mesa restaurant hit with a whopping 12 health code violations

    Dirty Dining May 25: Mesa restaurant hit with a whopping 12 health code violations

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:30 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:30:45 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Every week, CBS 5 News is sent a list of restaurants that have been recently inspected by Maricopa County's Environmental Services Department. CBS 5 News selects restaurants with some of the highest number of "risk factors." According to health inspectors, risk factors are considered major health code violations. For more details on the restaurant inspection scoring system visit Maricopa County's website at www.maricopa.gov. Here are the Valley restaurants with the mo...

    More >

    Every week, CBS 5 News is sent a list of restaurants that have been recently inspected by Maricopa County's Environmental Services Department. CBS 5 News selects restaurants with some of the highest number of "risk factors." According to health inspectors, risk factors are considered major health code violations. For more details on the restaurant inspection scoring system visit Maricopa County's website at www.maricopa.gov. Here are the Valley restaurants with the mo...

    More >