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Federal Highway Administration OKs Arizona SR 189 Expansion Project

The results of an environmental and engineering study have paved the way for construction improvements along State Route 189 at the southern border. The project received a boost of state funding in order to begin work two years sooner than expected.

The assessment, combined with a $25 million appropriation passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey, will accelerate the State Route 189 improvement project.

In addition, $40 million in federal funds will go toward the project as the Federal Highway Administration has cleared the way for the Arizona Department of Transportation to begin design and construction of a 3.75-mile roadway connecting the Mariposa Port of Entry with Interstate 19 in Nogales.

About 80 percent of goods entering Arizona from Mexico come through Mariposa, one of the nation’s busiest land ports of entry.

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.