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Arizona laying conduit along highways to connect rural areas

ADOT
Posted at 7:19 AM, Oct 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-15 10:19:44-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona is launching a project to use interstate highways in the state to help provide broadband internet access to rural areas.

The state Department of Transportation this week began laying fiber-optic conduit along southbound Interstate 17 in northern Arizona as part of a project with the Arizona Commerce Authority to provide more rural communities with affordable access to high-speed internet service.

ADOT said there will be right-lane restrictions as crews lay the conduit in 3-mile sections between Flagstaff and just south of the junction with State Route 179 to Sedona. Legislation to authorize the project was approved last spring.

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