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The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved funding to build new parkway in southeastern Tucson for higher traffic volume, a decision that has received praise from the area's largest private employer.

The board voted 4-1 to spend $12.7 million to build a new road that would bend just east of Old Nogales Highway and resume east and west travel a half-mile south of its current location.

Raytheon praised the decision, as they said the move could help create an aerospace and defense corridor in Southern Arizona.

“Moving the road will help us to maintain current operations and grow if business conditions warrant expansion,” a Raytheon press release said.

Pima County said it sees the new road as an improvement that will help bring more aerospace companies to the area, particularly in the area surrounding Raytheon.

A company spokesman declined to further comment on relocating Hughes Access Road.