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Date Published: 2014-06-12

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Public Meetings to Address I-11/Intermountain West Corridor Study

Story Text:

LAS VEGAS - Two years ago, the Nevada and Arizona departments of transportation launched a study to determine the feasibility of building a new multimodal interstate corridor linking Las Vegas and Phoenix, 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 at 6:30 p.m. Tucson Electric Power Community Room: 88 E. Broadway Blvd.

Phoenix Area

June 25, 6 to 8 p.m.; presentation 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 at 5:30 p.m. Fifth Street Historical School: 401 S. Fourth St.

Virtual Public Meeting

From June 18 through July 18, the public can 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, I-11 Study.

NDOT and ADOT 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 Las Vegas and Phoenix metropolitan areas, while extending the corridor through southern Arizona to Mexico and potentially north to Canada. In 2012, 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).

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. The study is expected to be completed this summer. Funding to construct this new corridor has not been identified. In addition to the Nevada and Arizona departments of transportation, other study partners are the Maricopa Association of Governments, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Railroad Administration.

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