South Central Projects

North-South Corridor Study: Potential New Transportation Route in Pinal County

Update: The Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration will hold public information meetings to provide information about the recently completed Alternatives Selection Report for the North-South Corridor Study. Please come and give your comments on the proposed freeway project.

Public Meetings

All meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a presentation at 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by an open house.

Monday, Nov. 17: Walker Butte Elementary School, 29697 N. Desert Willow Blvd., Queen Creek

Tuesday, Nov. 18: Santa Cruz High School, 900 N. Main St., Eloy

Wednesday, Nov. 19: Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction

Thursday, Nov. 20: Coolidge-Florence Elks Lodge, 2241 N. Attaway Rd., Coolidge

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Persons who require a reasonable accommodation based on language or a disability should contact ADOT at projects@azdot.gov or 855.712.8530. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the state has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

Comments
Do you have thoughts, opinions about the North-South Corridor Study? We want to hear from you! Please submit comments by January 9, 2015 in order to have them included in the project record.

Background

Expected growth in Pinal County supports the need for a new transportation route. The Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration 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.

The study is currently in the alternative selection phase, which means the team will be looking at a range of possible route alternatives, including the effects of taking no action on any improvements (also known as a no-build option).

The study team started with a 900 square-mile study area, which was refined to the 300 square-mile Corridor Opportunity Area that was presented at the fall 2010 public and agency scoping meetings. After receiving input from the public and various agencies, the team has reduced it even further.

To help the study team evaluate the possible route alternatives, the corridor has been divided into multiple corridor segments, which allows the team to understand the unique opportunities and challenges within each segment to determine whether the selected route alternative could be placed there. The team is collecting and studying technical information for each segment, including existing and future developments, drainage, soil structure, utilities, travel demand, population growth and the economic development of each community. In addition to the technical information and input from local agencies and communities about their preferences, the team is using the study Purpose and Need Statement as a guide to develop potential route alternatives.