Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Leads Effort to Secure SR-189 Funding

April 8, 2016
Press Release

TUCSON – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today led an effort by the full Arizona House delegation in support of federal funding for the improvement of State Route 189 (SR-189), a key trade route connecting the Mariposa Port of Entry to Interstate-19. Today’s letter follows Rep. McSally’s efforts last year to successfully advocate for inclusion of the SR-189 project, as well as three other key Southern Arizona projects, in long-term federal transportation legislation.

“Arizona’s most active commercial border crossing, the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, processes thousands of  commercial vehicles a day bound for locations throughout the country,” the lawmakers said in the letter. “However, the Port’s connection to Interstate 19, the first link of the congressionally designated CANAMEX trade corridor, is tenuous and congested - particularly at peak produce season.  This connection, SR 189 at I-19, has emerged as a “weak link” in the nation’s trade system and is in urgent need of improvement.”

U.S. Rep. McSally has made enhancing Southern Arizona infrastructure a top priority. In addition, to SR-189, she led advocacy for federal funding on three other Arizona projects, including the Sonoran Corridor, a project predicted to support 189,000 jobs and $32.2 billion in economic impact.

“Millions of American jobs are created or sustained by the efficient flow of goods through our international ports of entry, including those located in Arizona,” the lawmakers continued. “Impediments to that efficient flow, such as exist today in Nogales, can often be addressed through carefully selected improvements that target key links in the transportation system.  If successful, the TIGER 8 grant application submitted by ADOT would do just that.” 

To view a PDF of the letter, click HERE.

The full letter text follows.

 

The Honorable Anthony Foxx
Secretary of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC  20590

Dear Secretary Foxx:

We write to you today in support of the TIGER 8 grant application submitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for improvement to State Route 189 in the border community of Nogales, Arizona.

International trade is a key component of Arizona’s economy, and to the economies of all communities and states that link to our Ports of Entry through the Interstate System.  Arizona’s most active commercial border crossing, the Mariposa  Port of Entry in Nogales, processes thousands of  commercial vehicles a day bound for locations throughout the country. Approximately 60% of the nation’s winter produce comes through this port.

Significant Federal and local investment has been made to upgrade the efficiency and capacity of the Mariposa Port.  However, the Port’s connection to Interstate 19, the first link of the congressionally designated CANAMEX trade corridor, is tenuous and congested - particularly at peak produce season.  This connection, SR 189 at I-19, has emerged as a “weak link” in the nation’s trade system and is in urgent need of improvement.

Millions of American jobs are created or sustained by the efficient flow of goods through our international ports of entry, including those located in Arizona.  Impediments to that efficient flow, such as exist today in Nogales, can often be addressed through carefully selected improvements that target key links in the transportation system.  If successful, the TIGER 8 grant application submitted by ADOT would do just that.  We support the Arizona Department of Transportation’s efforts to receive the TIGER 8 grant and encourage you to strongly consider this grant application.

Sincerely,