North-south freeway

Pinal County’s preferred route for a future north-south freeway is shown in green, while the Arizona Department of Transportation is expected to support the purple corridor.

PHOENIX — The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill sponsored by Rep. David Cook that supports development of the proposed North-South Corridor highway project in Pinal County.

The proposed freeway to run from Interstate 10 in Picacho to U.S. 60 near Gold Canyon would improve transit in the Pinal County region and serve residents in the San Tan Valley and East Valley areas.

“The North-South Corridor highway is a long-needed project serving the transportation needs in Pinal County and our state,” Cook, R-Globe, said in a statement. “I appreciate the bipartisan backing of my House colleagues and hope those in the Senate will join us in supporting the bill.”

House Bill 2394 appropriates $4 million to pay for a Tier 2 study of the project. Additionally, it provides $750,000 to the county to supplement a local match to acquire over $15 million in federal grant money to fund road and infrastructure improvements, which would increase access to the area around the proposed Nikola Motor Company plant in Coolidge.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

Cook represents Legislative District 8, which includes Florence, Coolidge, parts of Casa Grande and Eloy, Superior, Mammoth and San Manuel in Pinal County.