ELOY — Two representatives of the Arizona Department of Transportation spoke at the Economic Development Group of Eloy luncheon on Nov. 21 about current and future highway projects as well as the Arizona Travel ID.
Assistant District Engineer Doug Moseke informed attendees about the different stages of various roadway projects going on throughout the south-central region of the state.
Moseke mentioned that the connection from Interstate 10 to State Route 87 is basically finished as the final walk-through is complete. ADOT is now focused on the dust detection system in that area.
Moseke added that widening of I-10 between Earley Road and Interstate 8 is also complete.
Another project around the Eloy area is the North-South Freeway, which is barely in the study phase.
The proposed roadway as planned would be located about 4 miles east of SR 87 and would connect U.S. 60 to I-10.
The Tier 1 draft of the environmental impact statement recently wrapped up after ADOT received public comment.
"The next step would be to complete the final Tier 1 EIS and identify a record of decision, which will identify this is what we believe the preferred alternative is and here are some of the issues we've identified and how we're going to mitigate," Moseke said. "Then the next step would be going to a project-specific Tier 2, which involves a design concept report, and it looks at project specific, instead of looking at the entire corridor. You're looking at sections that make sense and create connectivity. But to be able to move into a Tier 2, you have to have the funding identified."
According to Moseke, Tier 1 identifies what is best for the state by looking at the big picture. Tier 2 is the design level, which goes into detail and allows for a possible shift for a portion of the project. However, he has never seen a project shift entirely.
The other topic of discussion was the Arizona Travel ID. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration will require every air traveler, 18 years and older, to have a REAL ID to fly within the country.
REAL ID-compliant cards are compliant driver's licenses or state-issued enhanced driver's licenses, marked with a star at the top of the card.
Assistant Communications Director Doug Nick admitted it doesn't matter to the Motor Vehicle Division whether people get the Arizona Travel ID or not.
"It does not make a difference to us what you choose to do," Nick said. "It is voluntary by state law, but it is probably the most convenient thing to do."
However, Nick added that there are two reasons that should be taken into consideration on why people should get the travel ID.
The first is that travelers will not be able to get past a TSA checkpoint without a federation identification card and the second is that waiting until the last minute will cause a lot of chaos at the MVD.
Nick also mentioned that travelers who have a passport, passport card or another form of proper identification will be able to use those for flying.
Visit AZTravelID.com for more information about the Arizona Travel ID.