MARICOPA — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg got a first-hand look last week at how dangerous the State Route 347-Riggs Road intersection is.
U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Sedona, welcomed Buttigieg to Maricopa to discuss the importance of funding rural and tribal infrastructure projects, including a possible overpass for the intersection.
The two were joined by Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community, Chairman Robert Miguel of the Ak-Chin Indian Community and Maricopa Mayor Christian Price at the intersection.
“Arizonans are forced to drive on some of the most dangerous, outdated roads in America, putting 1st District families at risk every day on their way to work and school. To that end, I was pleased to welcome Secretary Buttigieg to our district and show him one of the long-overlooked infrastructure projects that impacts the daily lives and safety of rural and tribal families throughout southern Arizona,” O’Halleran said in a press release.
SR 347 and Riggs Road is a notably dangerous intersection on the GRIC that regularly experiences deadly crashes.
As part of both the House Appropriations and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees’ Community Project Funding Request process, O’Halleran has advocated for targeted investments that would benefit Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.