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Governor Seeks Federal Funds For Bridge Across Tonto Creek

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is asking the federal government to provide money to build a bridge over a creek where three children died when a family member tried to drive through surging storm runoff last year. 

A letter sent by Ducey to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Wednesday said the Tonto Creek project in Gila County has been previously denied federal funding but is an “excellent candidate" for a federal grant.

A bridge would cost an estimated $20 million.

Ducey's letter says the three children swept away on Nov. 29 were among eight people who have died while attempting to cross the creek in vehicles during high water since 1995. 

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