Funds awarded through Secure Rural Schools Program, made possible by Sinema-led and Kelly-shaped Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law
WASHINGTON – Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly announced that $10,256,983 will be invested in rural Arizona schools, roads, and other crucial municipal services through the Sinema-led and Kelly-shaped Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.
“Today’s funding will strengthen rural Arizona by better connecting communities, investing in public education, and providing resources for key rural projects like wildfire prevention and broadband deployment,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.
“I’ve been advocating in the Senate for rural Arizona since day one. Now, the infrastructure investments we secured will fix and upgrade roads in Arizona‘s rural communities and will ensure kids and families can get to school and work safely,” said Kelly.
The more than $10.2 million investment in rural Arizona schools, roads, and priority projects was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service’s Secure Rural Schools Program. The Secure Rural Schools Program’s funds were authorized for fiscal years 2021 through 2023 by the bipartisan infrastructure law.
The largest investment in highways and bridges in Arizona’s history, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law authorizes over $969 million in funding to Arizona highways, roads, and bridges—which today’s funding announcement supports. These investments will create thousands of jobs across the state and connect Arizonans to their schools, health care services, jobs, and more. The bipartisan infrastructure law additionally provides $110 billion to repair bridges and roads, including unsafe rural roads, and build new major highway projects. In January, Sinema and Kelly 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.