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This rendering shows where a proposed bridge will be built over Tonto Creek near Punkin Center. The bridge starts on the east side of the creek on a hill just above the Tonto Basin Elementary School and stretches to the Greenback Valley Road on the east side.

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Tonto Basin moves one step forward

Construction of a bridge that could provide safe passage to 1,000 vehicles a day in Tonto Basin is one step closer to fruition after county officials met with homeowners Tuesday. After reviewing nearly six years of work at a second public hearing, officials are now waiting to clear the final layers of administrative red tape. Gila County is waiting on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to provide its biological assessment of the bridge and the federal government to decide if it will fund the $18-million project.


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