A Pinal County roadway that has seen as many as 95 collisions over the past four years was the target of a special appeal by lawmakers and county officials on Thursday.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu held a news conference just west of the intersection of Ironwood Road and Germann Road in San Tan Valley. Joining him were several lawmakers and Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles.
They focused on what they called "the severe safety concerns" for Pinal County residents and visitors who travel along Ironwood Road between San Tan Valley and Apache Junction.
"This stretch of roadway was never designed for this volume of traffic," Voyles said.
There have been three fatal accidents on the stretch of roadway over the past four months, Babeu said.
Legislators addressed their efforts to restore Highway User Revenue Fund funding to local government in order to make road and safety improvements.
Some of the needed improvements cited by officials include constructing emergency breakdown lanes and median dividers.
Currently, Pinal County is underfunded $1.3 million annually in HURF funding.
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