State Route 347

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Arizona 347 travels from Interstate 10 south to Arizona 84. The road is a quick route to the town of Maricopa, through the Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Nations, and is also a shortcut to San Diego and Interstate 8 for East Valley residents.

Arizona 347 was added to the state highway system in 1988. However, like most roads added to the system in the 1980s, the road itself is much older, dating back to the 1930s. The road was reconstructed as part of the conversion to state highway into a four lane expressway.

Arizona 347 was planned to be called the John Wayne Expressway at one point, but that name was dropped due to controversy. The route number is derived from the original Federal Aid Secondary route number - FAS 347.

Arizona 347 north
Distance sign to Maricopa. Maricopa is the only town along Arizona 347. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Arizona 347 enters the Ak-Chin Indian Community here. The Ak-Chin community is located south of Maricopa, and contains Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Distance sign to the Ak-Chin governmental center. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Distance sign to Maricopa. The signal ahead serves the Harrahs Ak-Chin Casino. Photo taken 08/19/07.
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Arizona 347 enters the city of Maricopa here. Maricopa is Arizona's newest city, incorporated in 2003, but the town dates back to 1880 and the Southern Pacific Railroad. Photo taken 08/19/07.
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Advance signage for Arizona 238, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Arizona 238 departs here from Arizona 347. Use Arizona 238 to reach Gila Bend and Interstate 8. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Advancing north of SR 238, SR 347 passes by suburban development. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Distance sign to Interstate 10. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Arizona 347 meets Maricopa Road here. Maricopa Road is the original road to Phoenix, but now serves local interests inside the Gila River Indian Reservation and the Wild Horse Pass casino. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Advance signage for Interstate 10, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Arizona 347 ends at Interstate 10. The road continues east as Queen Creek Road, a high speed road maintained by Maricopa County, eventually entering the extended Metropolitan Phoenix grid system. Photo taken 08/19/07.
Arizona 347 south
Just after departing from Interstate 10, this distance sign can be seen showing mileage to Maricopa. Maricopa is the only town along Arizona 347. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Arizona 347 meets Maricopa Road here. Maricopa Road is the original road to Maricopa, but now serves local interests inside the Gila River Indian Reservation. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Just after Maricopa Road, we find this Arizona 347 reassurance marker. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Arizona 347 leaves Maricopa County here to enter Pinal County. Photo taken 07/15/07.
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Arizona 347 enters the city of Maricopa here. Maricopa is Arizona's newest city, incorporated in 2003, but the town dates back to 1880 and the Southern Pacific Railroad. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Arizona 347 meets Rancho Eldorado Parkway and Cobblestone Farms Road here. Rancho Eldorado is the first major subdivision built in Maricopa. Photo taken 07/15/07.
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Advance signage for Arizona 238, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 07/15/07.
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SR 347 continues toward Downtown Maricopa while SR 238 heads to Cobblestone Farms and Mobile. Photos taken 07/15/07.
Arizona Route 238 departs here from SR 347. This intersection changed drastically in the mid 2000s. Photo taken 07/15/07.



Photo Credits:

07/15/07, 08/19/07 by Kevin Trinkle

Connect with:
Interstate 10
State Route 84

Page Updated 08-27-2007.