A new transportation route is needed to provide a continuous north-south route through central Pinal County. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are studying the area between U.S. Route 60 in Apache Junction and Interstate 10 near Eloy and Picacho. The purpose of the study is to identify and evaluate a possible route to provide a connection between these two areas.
This North–South Corridor Study will result in the preparation of a Location/Design Concept Report (L/DCR) and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 45-mile-long transportation corridor in Pinal County, Arizona.
The project will:
- relieve traffic on I-10
- improve access to future activity centers
- enhance transportation system linkages
- create a more direct connection to the eastern portion of the Phoenix metropolitan area
- perform functions and provide services identified in local, regional and statewide plans
- address lack of capacity
- improve the efficiency of existing freeway and arterial street networks
- provide right-of-way to accommodate a passenger rail line between Tucson and Phoenix
ADOT and FHWA are working with stakeholder agencies and the public to evaluate reasonable and feasible route alternatives and to prepare environmental documents and preliminary design plans for a phased implementation of the project.