A plan is in the works to link three Pinal County towns with an east-west route.
The Casa Grande Dispatch reports an agreement to map out an east-west highway corridor from the Coolidge area through Casa Grande to Maricopa has been approved by the Casa Grande City Council.
The agreement, by Maricopa, Casa Grande and Pinal County, is to consider what would be the best route, how it would affect the environment and how much property would have to be acquired for whatever type of roadway would eventually be built.
Casa Grande will pay $333,000 as its share to determine the route. That is considerably less than the $600,000 estimate for doing its section by itself.
It may be years before the rubber hits the road because the roadway path has not been decided, officials say.
A local east-west route is important in that it would allow local governments to plan it rather than having a plan dictated by Maricopa County interests, authorities said.
Casa Grande Public Works Director Kevin Louis said the east-west corridor will include an environmental assessment that will involve much public outreach.
"We're going to do the best job we can to really reach out and identify the stakeholders and get public comment so that we design a strong corridor that everybody supports, " Louis said.
Louis added if all agencies approve this process, the consultant will be picked in early January and the project is anticipated to take approximately 18 months.