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More than $5 billion in Arizona infrastructure funds will be for highways

The Biden administration’s Infrastructure and Investment Act passed on Monday, and transportation policy makers met Wednesday to discuss its potential impacts on Arizona.

The Maricopa Association of Government Transportation Policy Committee discussed the general disbursement plan for the funds. There are currently no specifics as to where the money will be allocated, but more than $5 billion will go toward funding for highways.

“We expect that we’ll be able to leverage this money with our regional freeway programs and future widenings that we have planned on 101 Agua Fria and 202 San Tan. Those are projects that are likely to happen sooner than they otherwise would given this additional funding," said John Bullen, a program manager with the Maricopa Association of Government.

Bullen says the funds came at the perfect time and will allow the region to prioritize much needed improvements. 

Reyna Preciado started her internship with KJZZ in August 2021. She is a senior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, focusing on community-related stories.She previously had been pursuing a major in biochemistry, but switched directions after becoming a server. During her time serving, she found that so many people had stories to share and so many voices deserved to be heard.She loved to write in her AP English classes in high school, so she made the decision to use her writing and communication skills to major in broadcast journalism. It was always a dream of hers to become a news anchor after being cast as an anchor in a fourth-grade newscast. It was silly, but it stuck with her, and she was eager to follow her dream when she was finally inspired to change directions. Now, she continues being inspired by the many voices within her community that have been waiting for an opportunity to be able to address what's important to them.When she is not working on a story, she likes to cook, sing and hang out with her crazy toddler.