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Ducey includes broadband, highway safety technology in 2020 budget

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By Glenn Minnis | Feb 22, 2020

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s balanced budget for 2020 includes $50 million to install broadband conduit and fiber along more than 500 miles of rural interstate highway.

The improvements don’t stop there, with another $9 million pegged for highway safety technology that utilizes the new fiber and another $10 million for the Arizona Rural Broadband Development Grant, which is aimed at enhancing broadband infrastructure in even more rural communities.

The Smart Highway Corridors include Interstate 17 between Sunset Point and Flagstaff, Interstate 40 between the Arizona-New Mexico and Arizona-California borders and Interstate 19 between Tucson and Nogales.

Besides new traffic safety technology, the new Smart Highway Corridors include three routes such as infrared wrong-way detection systems, road temperature sensors and dynamic message signs and traffic cameras that will support first responders and improve highway safety.

On his website, Ducey said, “the new broadband conduit will open the door for private sector partnerships that support 21st century freight, the future of automated vehicles and rural broadband connectivity.”

The Arizona Commerce Authority named the grant recipients, which are touted as "accelerating the enhancement of broadband infrastructure and supports economic growth." 

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