The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the recipients of the $600 million in federal grant money designed to stimulate the economy, but Pima County’s Urban Loop project missed the cut.
Nannette Slusser, a Pima County assistant administrator and the point person for the 55-mile car-free loop, said she was disappointed they weren’t awarded a piece of the grant money.
She said the county would continue exploring other funding options including an upcoming bond election.
“It doesn’t mean [the Urban Loop] is impossible,” Slusser said. “It just means it might take a little longer.”
According to Slusser, missing out on the grant may have knocked the project back to being 10 years away from completion instead of five years away.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 70 projects received a portion of the $600 million, none of which were in Arizona. The awards were broken into capital improvement projects and planning projects.