TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The state’s leaders met Tuesday to celebrate the beginning of a road project they say will lead to a revitalized economy and stronger private defense field for southern Arizona.
The groundbreaking celebration in south Tucson included Sen. John McCain, Rep. Martha McSally, Gov. Doug Ducey and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.
“This is really a great product of vision,” McSally said.
The group and nearly 100 others lauded the realignment of an access road where a planned aerospace and defense manufacturing hub will be located. The new road, formerly Hughes Road, will allow Raytheon Missile Systems to have a larger buffer zone from traffic and will add a second runway at Tucson International Airport.
McCain said the project is a good example of local, county, state and federal officials working together to make something happen.
“This is not only going to be very important for Raytheon,” he said. “Raytheon makes a contribution to our nation’s defense which is hard to calculate.”
The new road will be called Aerospace Parkway and is part of a larger project known as the Sonoran Corridor which will link Interstates 10 and 19 in Tucson for what officials hope will foster the planned high-tech corridor.
Ducey called the new roadway a “win win win.”
“This will ultimately make Pima County one of the Southwest’s most robust and dynamic manufacturing hubs,” he said.
Raytheon is the region’s largest private employer. Officials say it’s important to foster the company’s growth and security in Tucson.
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