At Roundtable with Tribal and County Leaders, Sinema Highlights Infrastructure Investments for Pinal County

Feb 25, 2022

Sinema pledged to work with local communities and Tribal governments to ensure infrastructure needs are met

CITY OF MARICOPA – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted a roundtable discussion with Pinal County community members, City of Maricopa Mayor Christian Price, and Tribal leaders to talk about how her bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law will help the City of Maricopa, Tribal communities, and Pinal County.
“As Pinal County continues to grow, I’m partnering with Tribal and local leaders on effectively implementing our bipartisan infrastructure law to address local challenges and continue fueling economic opportunity in the region,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.
Last year, the City of Maricopa became the most populous incorporated place in Pinal County. As the region continues to expand in population, the growth has been met with significant infrastructure needs and challenges. In the meeting, Sinema highlighted how her historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law will address many challenges facing the growing community while creating lasting economic opportunities. 
Sinema’s infrastructure law provides $110 billion to repair bridges and roads, including unsafe rural roads, and build new major highway projects. This historic law is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system. 
Addressing concerns about high vehicle emissions on the congested State Route 347, Sinema pointed out that her bipartisan infrastructure law makes the largest investment in clean energy transmission and electric vehicle infrastructure in U.S. history, electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country, bolstering critical materials supply chains, improving energy efficiency, and building out a national network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law also authorizes the largest investment in American bridges – dedicating $26.5 billion in new funding directly to states over the next five years and $825 million for tribal transportation facilities. In January, Sinema announced $45 million will be heading to Arizona this year from her bipartisan infrastructure law to help repair and replace over 130 bridges in poor condition across the state. 
Participants in the roundtable included City of Maricopa Mayor Christian Price, City of Maricopa Vice Mayor Vince Manfredi, City of Maricopa City Manager Bob Mars, Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland, Ak-Chin Chairman Robert Miguel, Gila River Governor Stephen Roe Lewis, Adam Saks with Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA), Jim Kenny with El Dorado Holdings, Jim Irving with P&Z – Seniors, Dr. Tracy Lopeman with Maricopa Unified School District, and Antonia Presume with Maricopa Chamber of Commerce.