Draft Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review and Comment
On Nov. 18, 2014, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration published the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the State Route 347 at Union Pacific Railroad Study. The Draft EA is available for review online. Copies of the Draft EA are also available for review at the following locations during business hours:
- Maricopa City Hall, 520.568.9098, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza, Maricopa, AZ 85138
- Maricopa Library, 520.568.2926, 41600 W. Smith Enke Rd., Maricopa, AZ 85138
- ADOT Environmental Planning Group, call for appointment: 602.712.7767, 611 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
- Ak-Chin Indian Community Library, 520.568.1675, 16521 W. Farrell Rd., Maricopa, AZ 85139
As part of the Draft EA review process, on Dec. 3 ADOT will hold one public hearing on the Draft EA and accept formal public comments. Comments can be provided via comment form, by verbal comments to a court reporter and through three-minute verbal comments at the public hearing. The public hearing is not intended as a question-and-answer session.
Comment on the Draft EA
Comments on the Draft EA and its findings will be accepted during a 30-day public comment period. Comments can be provided in the following ways:
- At the public hearing
- In writing: ADOT SR 347 Project Team, 1655 W. Jackson St., MD 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007
- Email: SR347@azdot.gov
- Phone: 855.712.8530
All comments are considered equal. The Draft EA public comment period will begin Nov. 18 and close Dec. 18, 2014. All comments received during the 30-day public comment period will be documented and responded to in the Final EA.
ADOT, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the city of Maricopa, initiated a study to evaluate alternatives and identify improvements to access, capacity and traffic operations through 2040. The study is evaluating a future grade separation (bridge) to replace the existing at-grade intersection of SR 347 at the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) track.
SR 347 is Maricopa's main transportation corridor through the community, serving as a regional connector to major employment and recreation areas. Traffic averages over 34,000 vehicles per day and future (2030) projections show up to 69,000 vehicles per day. Just south of the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, SR 347 crosses the existing UPRR where there are currently 40 to 60 trains per day; the UPRR has plans to expand service, which would increase train traffic upwards of 100 trains per day. Additionally, the Amtrak station is located just west of the intersection and vehicular traffic is routinely delayed for its passenger operations.