Ensures access to schools, health care and Canyon de Chelly
U.S. SENATE — Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that she helped secure over $10 million in federal funding to improve and repair bridges along the Navajo Nation’s major highway.
“These bridges along U.S. 191 provide critical access to health care, schools, and national treasures like Canyon de Chelly National Monument,” McSally said. “A bridge closure could mean the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency situation. This is money will go a long ways towards improving the safety of our roads and highways.”
“During a recent site visit in Many Farms, we had the opportunity to show the Arizona Department of Transportation the conditions of U.S. 191 and the four bridges that are used by thousands of commuters each day,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said. “We are very thankful to the U.S. Department of Transportation for funding these critical projects with the support of Senator McSally and the advocacy of the ADOT, Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, and Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr., who represents the communities that will benefit from the
grant funding. Having safe and reliable bridges is important to the safety of our Navajo people.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the bundling project will save Arizona significant money - over 14.2 percent of what it would have cost to improve bridges without bundling.
On August 16, Senator McSally sent a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in support of Arizona Department of Transportation’s application.