PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A bill to fund the construction of a bridge over Tonto Creek passed the Arizona state House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support Wednesday.
Rep. David Cook (R-8) introduced HB 2056, which authorizes $15 million from the general fund for the Arizona Department of Transportation to construct a bridge in the Tonto Basin between the Bar X and Store crossings in Gila County, according to a statement from Cook. No start date has been put forth should the legislation pass the Arizona State Senate.
In January, Gov. Doug Ducey asked the federal government to provide money to build a bridge. The Tonto Creek project in Gila County has been denied federal funding in the past but is an “excellent candidate” for a federal grant, Ducey said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
The governor added that since 1995, eight people have died crossing Tonto Creek when it was flooded, including the three Rawlings children who were swept away after Thanksgiving last year.
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