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Arizona and Nevada DoT Interstate 11 feasibility study unveiled October 2013 during five bi-state regional public meetings

Sedona AZ (October 4, 2013)The Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation (ADOT and NDOT) will host a series of five public meetings in October to present the range of alternatives under consideration for the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor. 

The two transportation departments have been working together for more than a year on the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study, which includes detailed corridor planning of a possible high-priority interstate link between the Phoenix and Las Vegas metropolitan areas, along with high-level visioning for potentially extending the corridor north to Canada and south to Mexico.

Since July, the study team has completed the Corridor Justification Report and explored alternatives for potential routes from Mexico to northern Nevada. That broad range of possible corridor alternatives recently underwent an evaluation and screening process by the study team, based on criteria endorsed by stakeholders to narrow down the number of alternatives recommended for further analysis. The October meetings will allow the public to view the recommended alternatives from that initial screening prior to the study moving forward.

Nevada DoT headquarters in Carson City NV

Nevada DoT headquarters in Carson City NV

Each of the five public meetings will focus on a specific segment of the proposed I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor. The meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. local time with an open house, followed by a presentation at 6 p.m.

The meetings are as follows:

Phoenix Metropolitan Area: Oct. 8 at the Avondale City Council Chambers: 11465 W. Civic Center Drive in Avondale, AZ

Northern Arizona: Oct. 9 at the Mohave County Public Works Building, Turquoise Room, 3715 Sunshine Drive in Kingman, AZ

Southern Arizona: Oct. 10 at the Pascua Yaqui Reservation’s Albert J. Garcia Auditorium, 7777 S. Camino Huivism in Tucson, AZ

Northern Nevada: Oct. 16 at the Carson City Community Center, Bonanza Room, 851 E. William St. in Carson City, NV

ADOT photoLas Vegas Metropolitan Area: Oct. 17 at the NDOT District I Main Training Room, 123 E. Washington St. in Las Vegas, NV

Comments can be submitted at any of the public meetings or via the website at www.i11study.com on the “Get Involved” page.

The Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study is a two-year, multiphase, high-level study examining the feasibility, benefits, opportunities and constraints of a proposed new interstate highway corridor. This initial study is expected to be completed next year.

Funding to construct a potential corridor has not been identified.

adot intermountain study logoIn addition to the Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation, the Maricopa Association of Governments, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Railroad Administration are partners in this study.

For more information about the I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study and to sign up for updates, visit www.i11study.com.

Nevada state roads and bridges have been named some of the nation’s best. The state of Nevada is facing a multi-billion-dollar transportation funding deficit, and NDOT is developing potential transportation funding sources through the Pioneer Program and Vehicle Miles Traveled Fee Study.


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