The extension of Prop. 400, now known as Prop. 479 is becoming critical to Surprise’s future.
If approved by voters in 2024, the extension of a half-cent sales tax for transportation would pump in another $24 billion in projects over the next two decades.
In and around Surprise, the money would go to 13 projects that have been identified.
Those include a few in the northern part of the city, which is in desperate need of relief.
One would be the widening of 163rd Avenue completely from Grand Avenue to Jomax Road.
Improvements to the intersections at Grand and 163rd and Grand and Loop 303 are also possible.
"These projects will add alternate access points to the area, more lanes, overpasses and interchanges that will provide an incredible positive impact on the flow of traffic and increase traffic capacity as the area grows,” said Surprise Transportation Director Eric Boyles.
Here are the areas a passage of Prop. 479 would affect in and around Surprise:
Prop. 400 was originally passed by voters in 1985 before it was initially renewed in 2004. It is set to expire at the end of 2025.
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