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6/12/2014 6:51:00 AM
Arizona, Nevada to chat up proposed Interstate 11

PHOENIX - Two years ago, the Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation launched a study to determine the feasibility of building a new multimodal interstate corridor linking Phoenix and Las Vegas, while stretching south to Mexico and potentially north to Canada.

That study is now nearing completion and will include one more opportunity for the public to get involved and provide comments.

Three public meetings and a month-long online virtual meeting are scheduled for the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study to gather comments for the draft Corridor Concept Report, a document that will outline the vision for the corridor, reinforce the justification for building a new multiuse interstate corridor and define an implementation plan to move this project forward.

The Corridor Concept Report and the supporting technical reports and work products will determine whether sufficient justification exists for a new multimodal transportation corridor. It will also establish potential alternatives for the new I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor.

The report will outline four chapters: the need for a high-capacity, multimodal corridor to link economies; corridor alignment recommendations that link metro areas and connect communities; the economic value of investment in the corridor; and a call to action, emphasizing the need for continued collaboration to move the I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor forward.

Three public meetings will be held during the month of June:

Tucson Area: June 18, 6 to 8 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.) Tucson Electric Power Community Room: 88 E. Broadway Blvd. in Tucson

Phoenix Area: June 25, 6 to 8 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.) Palo Verde Energy Education Center: 600 N. Airport Road in Buckeye

Las Vegas Area: June 26, 4 to 7 p.m. (presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.) Fifth Street Historical School: 401 S. Fourth St. in Las Vegas

Virtual Public Meeting: From June 18 through July 18, the public can also participate in a virtual meeting, reviewing the latest project information and providing feedback online. This month-long virtual meeting will be hosted on the project website,

ADOT and NDOT have been working together since the summer of 2012 on the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study, which includes detailed corridor planning of an interstate link connecting the Phoenix and Las Vegas metropolitan areas, while extending the corridor through southern Arizona to Mexico and potentially north to Canada. Congress designated the future I-11 corridor between Phoenix and Las Vegas as part of the current surface transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

For more information about the I‐11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study and to sign up for updates, visit

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014
Article comment by: Nathan Smith

I -11 is a horrible idea! It's bad for the environment in every way, that's not progress, what we need is an Eco friendly bullet train

Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Article comment by: Pretend to Participate

In case you are wondering, this a done deal. The road is happening. It always helps to let people think the are part of the deciding.

The eventual goal is to melt the US borders. Let everyone come in.

We then recruit the young men from way down south to be soldiers for the US.
We are not having enough children here in the US to keep the perpetual wars going for the profiteers of war.

So, build a road from Mexico to Canada and see what comes in from both sides. Travel to some major Canadian cities and see who the mass populations are comprised off, I'll give you a hint, international men just waiting to come on in to the US. Is this why we are stocking cities with military weapons?

Add this to the other idiotic things we are now doing here in the US and you can see we are headed down a very bad path thanks to our tactical leaders with a plan very different from its citizens.

The European Union is looking to reinstate its borders, so are others. Its unsafe.

What are we allowing to happen to us?
Truth hurts.

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