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AZGFD receives Partnering Award for SR 77 wildlife crossing project

Posted June 7, 2017

The Arizona Game and Fish Department was one of the cooperating partners recently honored with the Timothy M. Ahrens Partnering Award for work on the State Route 77 Widening and Wildlife Crossing Project. The innovative project near Tucson maintains a connection between important wildlife habitat in the Tortolita and Santa Catalina mountains while making the highway safer for motorists.

The award is given annually by the Regional Transportation Authority Board (RTA) and the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) Regional Council to recognize PAG or RTA-funded projects that exemplify the principles of partnering, embrace regional stakeholders and celebrate the success of collaboration.

Partners involved in the project include the Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Pima County, Town of Oro Valley, Arizona State Land Department, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Granite Construction Inc. and AECOM.

The award is named in honor of Timothy M. Ahrens, the RTA manager during collaborative development of the 20-year RTA plan.

For more information on the project, visit http://bit.ly/2sgR53t.

Photo: Representatives of project partners recognized for their spirit of collaboration include (l to r): Scott Sprague, Arizona Game and Fish Department; Jesse Espinosa, Granite Construction; Rod Lane, ADOT; PAG Chair and Town of Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath; RTA Chair and Sahuarita Mayor Tom Murphy; Brian Ravesloot, AECOM; Sherry Ruther, Pima County, and Rick Ellis, Pima County. Carolyn Campbell, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, was unavailable for the photo. Photo courtesy of the Pima Association of Governments.

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