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Pinal County and the city of Casa Grande have drafted an agreement to share the costs for making improvements to Thornton Road.

CASA GRANDE — A stretch of Thornton Road between State Route 84 and Interstate 8 may soon get a makeover.

The Casa Grande City Council unanimously approved Monday, in a surreal meeting that had all of the council members except the mayor voting by phone, an agreement with Pinal County to widen Thornton Road to four lanes with a median between SR 84 (Gila Bend Highway) and Interstate 8.

The same motion approved a contract with Horrocks Engineers to design the project at a total cost of $1,587,500. The city will be responsible for 56% of the cost and the county for 44% of the cost of the design.

The roadway has become a major traffic corridor in the southwestern part of Casa Grande, said city Public Works Director Kevin Louis, who was one of four staff members who attended the meeting in person. The area has seen a noticeable increase in industry along the roadway in the last few years including: Lucid Motors new plant, Walmart Distribution Center, Tractor Supply Distribution Center and LKQ Corporation auto parts recycling.

The city received two bids for its request for statement of qualifications for the project, Louis said. Horrocks’ bid received the best score for the project, beating out PEC.

The council gave from consent agenda items:

  • Final approval of a traffic light at Thornton and Peters roads near Lucid.
  • Final approval of new playground equipment for Ed Hooper Rodeo Park.
  • Approval of final plat for the expansion of Food for Life Bakery.
  • Approval of an easement for a telecommunications tower between the city and Casa Grande Elementary School District.
  • Approval of an agreement between the city and the Arizona Department of Public Safety for K9 training.
  • Approval of a liquor license for the Holiday Inn on Pinal Avenue.