CASA GRANDE — The Arizona Department of Transportation continues to move forward with planning a new interstate that could eventually connect Nogales, Arizona, to Las Vegas.
Pinal County residents will have an opportunity to express their opinions on the latest renderings and routes of the project. ADOT will hold a public meeting at the Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center in Casa Grande from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 10.
The agency will also hold meetings in Tucson, Marana, Nogales, Wickenburg and Buckeye. Those who can’t attend the meeting can also email, call or mail their comments to ADOT when the public comment period is open from April 28 to June 2. The project website is i11study.com.
The public will be able to examine the different options ADOT has set for the I-11 corridor, including how it would effect western Pinal County. The proposed corridor runs near Eloy, Casa Grande and the Ak-Chin Indian Community. ADOT is looking to narrow the alternatives to a final set that could then undergo rigorous review processes.
“I-11 is envisioned as a multimodal corridor connecting Arizona with regional and international markets while opening up new opportunities for mobility, trade, commerce, job growth and economic competitiveness,” ADOT said in a press release. “While the planning phase for this high-priority corridor is well underway, funding for further studies, design and construction has yet to be identified.”
The original purpose of the I-11 proposal was to figure out how to best connect the Phoenix metropolitan area with Las Vegas. That corridor of the highway would connect to U.S. 93 in Wickenburg, which then would take drivers straight to Las Vegas.
The project-specific contact information for ADOT is I-11ADOTStudy@hdrinc.com and 1-844-544-8049.
“As we look to invest and prioritize needs to improve Arizona’s transportation infrastructure, we must begin with planning for the future and how to better connect people, communities and markets,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said in the press release. “Our global competitiveness and high-paying jobs depend directly on our ability to move people, products and services quickly and efficiently throughout our state and beyond its borders. That’s why Interstate 11 is being considered as a critical component in Arizona’s freight and travel network.”