If you drive on Cortaro at I-10 you’ll probably be happy to hear this. The new state budget includes $10 million to help get those long, long freight trains out of your way.

If you hit I-10 and Cortaro, at the same time theres a train, you are in for a wait, but theres some good news because now theres money in the state budget to start planning a solution there.

Tara Garagozllo kind of likes seeing trains, but you know, theres a limit.

I grew up in a small town so I was kinda used to trains and all that but I dont think it was like this: constant, every time were going there. Its non stop. Its like a huge effect on people that live in the area.

But relief is on the way. When lawmakers passed the new state budget on Saturday, it included about ten million dollars to start planning an overpass that will keep trains and cars out of each others way.

Marana Mayor Ed Honea says the three state lawmakers who represent Marana were able to steer about $10 million to the I-10-Cortaro project. That money will pay for planning. Mayor Honea estimates building the whole project will cost about $200 million.

KGUN reporter Craig Smith asked: Where’s that money going to come in from?

Mayor Honea: Well, about half from the state or a little more from ADOT and about half from the RTA the way we’re going right now if RTA Next moves forward. If our RTA Next doesn’t move forward, then Marana will probably bond for it. Well pay for half and the state will pay for half.

The end result will probably look like the recent overpass that separates cars and trains at I-10 and Ina. Mayor Honea does not think work will start until sometime in 2026, so about a year and a half away.