PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - State lawmakers are asking for $20 million to build a bridge over Tonto Creek where floodwaters killed four people during the past month.

[WATCH: Will Arizona come up with money for bridge over deadly Tonto Creek?]

Rep. David Cook, a Republican from Globe, filed the legislative proposal this week seeking money for the project.

The rural lawmaker said he's pushed unsuccessfully for a bridge at the deadly crossing for 11 years, but the money wasn't available.

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Had the bridge been built, he said the recent tragedies could have been prevented.

"I think its time that the state, in the position we're in, that we're able to step up, fix some of these problems in rural Arizona that have been long ongoing," Cook said.

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Two times over the past month, people have died after crossing the flooded creek in Tonto Basin.

First, three children drowned when the family vehicle was swept away.

The bodies of Austin and Colby Rawlings were found after the storm while Willa Rawlings was found two weeks later.

A week after that tragedy, Robert Petitte got swept away when his car got stuck in the same fast-moving waters.

Right now, the state is sitting on a $1 billion surplus of cash, but Gov. Doug Ducey has not fully committed to funding the bridge.

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His office tells Arizona's Family that he will consider it as part of an overall budget package.

All of the prep work, like environmental studies and designs, have been completed.

Cook said the only thing needed now is the money.

 


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