Your voice is needed by June 2 to comment on the impact of I-11
Ways to comment:
Go to the ADOT Survey
Send an e-mail:
Interstate 11 Tier 1 EIS Study Team, c/o ADOT Communications, 1655 W. Jackson St., Mail Drop 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Your personal comments make a difference! Be sure to let ADOT know your concerns by June 2, 2017.
Link to I-11 article in the Arizona Daily Star:
This article is from 2016
The State of Arizona is in the planning stages for a new interstate, I-11, proposed to connect from Wickenburg to Nogales, as part of a larger interstate corridor from Canada to Mexico, the “Intermountain West Corridor.” Several alternative routes are being studied for this roadway through the Sonoran Desert area. Alternative routes C and D would bisect the Avra Valley, thereby isolating the Tucson Mountains from natural areas to the west including the Ironwood Forest National Monument. This is highly destructive to wildlife in the Tucson Mountains, as it would cut off essential linkages between habitat areas. We believe it is entirely unnecessary to destroy the almost pristine area of Avra Valley, which currently has no transportation or telecommunications infrastructure, adding noise, pollution and dust in a sensitive natural environment. It would also harm economic activities of businesses along Interstate 10. Instead, we favor a course which follows I-10 closely, or simply adds capacity to the existing roadway, where the surrounding areas have already been degraded from natural desert and much of the required infrastructure, such as emergency services, fuel sources, etc., is already in place.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking comments from the public, from now until June 2, 2017. Below is the letter that TMA has sent to AzDOT, based upon the position taken by your Board. But each of you can comment as well, and we urge you to do so promptly. You can offer your comments here: http://www.i11comment.com/
This link brings up a map with alternative routes shown. The map is a good way of seeing what the alternative routes are and where they go. You can simply click on a route and a comment form comes up for that route. We recommend in particular commenting on both C and D using the points made above.
To learn more about the I-11 project generally, and the several proposed routes, go here: http://i11study.com/