Thursday, June 12, 2014
Avra Valley and I-11 media coverage
Albert Lannon: Building Interstate 11 through Avra Valley would hurt people, wildlife
June 04, 2014 12:00 am By Albert Lannon Special to the Arizona Daily Star
A two-year planning process by the Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation to prepare for a future Interstate 11 “Canamex Highway” is ending. A May 21 stakeholders meeting in Tucson finalized a draft “business case” for the controversial multibillion-dollar highway.
Michael Kies, the Arizona department’s director of planning and programming, said that building I-11 between Las Vegas and Nogales, Arizona, would create “240,000 new high-paying, good benefits jobs” in the two states.
When asked the basis for the claim, Kies referred to the Corridor Justification Report posted on the department’s website. A review of those 285 pages showed that much data is based on “assumptions,” “projections,” “forecasts,” ”potential” and imagining. They may “over-estimate due to double-counting some factors.” All numbers and quotations I refer to are from ADOT.
Interstate 11 discussions continue in Tucson
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:00 am
Chris Flora, Desert Times
County officials are taking another look at a proposal that was disagreeable to the Board of Supervisors in 2007.
The potential construction of Interstate 11, a 56-mile stretch of highway that is aimed at connecting Avra Valley to Interstate 10, continues to be a topic of controversy – county officials saying it is necessary for economic growth, and area residents arguing it would impose on their way of living and impact environmentally-sensitive lands.
Those against the project have created a petition group called the Avra Valley Coalition, which finds itself in agreement with a 2007 Board of Supervisors resolution that opposed the construction on the grounds that environmental, historic, and archaeological impacts could not be adequately mitigated. The board’s resolution further called upon then-Governor Janet Napolitano’s office to undertake studies related to expanding capacity along Interstate 10 for multiple modes of travel, including passenger cars, freight, passenger rail, and bicycle.
No Interstate 11 Highway Through the Avra Valley ! MoveOn.org petition
No Interstate 11 Freeway Through the Avra Valley, comments submitted to I-11 study