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San Luis to receive $62 million to improve and widen Cesar Chavez Boulevard

San Luis, Ariz.
Victor Calderón/KAWC
San Luis, Ariz.

Motorists who know too well the traffic crunch that can happen on Cesar Chavez Boulevard near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Luis, Ariz. will finally have some relief on the way.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva announced earlier this month that the City of San Luis will receive $25 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve and widen five miles of Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

The project will also include stormwater infrastructure improvements, bus stops, intersection improvements, fiber, bike facilities and sidewalks.

In a released statement, Congressman Grijalva said "This federal grant is a critical investment in the people of the borderlands and the city of San Luis. As a cross-border community, this funding will reconstruct and modernize Cesar Chavez Boulevard."

The funding is part of the Rebuilding America Infrastructure and Equity, or RAISE, grant program.

San Luis city officials said they will also get $33 million from state legislation, $2.7 million from the Arizona Department of Transportation and $1.2 million from U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly.

The project is expected to be completed in 2026.


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Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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