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ADOT seeks input on next phase of North-South Corridor Study

ADOT seeks input on next phase of North-South Corridor Study

August 29, 2023

Three public meetings on study from US 60 to Arizona Farms Road

PHOENIX – Arizona Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Pinal County, is preparing to kick off the next phase of the North-South Corridor study segment south of US 60. This includes three public meetings to be held in mid-September and the opportunity to provide comments through Sept. 27.

The North-South Corridor Design Concept Report (DCR) Tier 2 Environmental Study from US 60 to Arizona Farms Road (Segment 1) will:

  • Narrow the selected 1,500-foot corridor to a proposed 400-foot freeway alignment.
  • Identify environmental considerations and mitigation efforts.
  • Identify interchange locations and design concepts.
  • Develop other design features.

These public meetings will provide an overview of the Tier 2 study process, seek input from the public on the NSCS Segment 1 and answer questions. The same information will be presented at each meeting:

  • In-person: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, Poston Butte High School, 32375 N. Gantzel Road, San Tan Valley
  • In-person: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction
  • Virtual: 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 (access information is available at northsouth-segment1.com)

Information presented at each meeting will be the same. More details about the meeting, including the meeting materials and prerecorded presentation, are available on the study website at northsouth-segment1.com

The public is invited to provide their comments on the study anytime until Sept. 27 by:

  • Attending an in-person or virtual public meeting
  • Taking our survey or providing comments at northsouth-segment1.com
  • Emailing [email protected]
  • Calling 602.474.3990
  • Mailing 20 E. Thomas Rd., Suite 2500, Phoenix, AZ 85012

The North-South Segment 1 study area spans approximately 20 miles and extends from the town of Florence in the south to Apache Junction in the north. The study team will further evaluate Segment 1 to identify a preferred North-South alternative, which would include the alignment, interchange locations and other design features and evaluate associated environmental impacts and mitigation.

The full North-South Corridor is a proposed 55-mile future transportation route in Pinal County that would stretch from U.S. 60 in Apache Junction to Interstate 10 in Eloy and pass through the town of Queen Creek, city of Coolidge, town of Florence and portions of unincorporated Pinal County. The North-South corridor is also proposed to connect with the future extension of SR 24.

There currently is no funding committed or timeline established to build any portion of the North-South Corridor.

The current study will build upon the purpose and need identified in the Tier 1 North-South Corridor Study:

  • Improve access to future activity centers.
  • Improve regional mobility.
  • Improve north-to-south connectivity.
  • Integrate the region’s transportation network.
  • Address existing and future population and employment growth.
  • Provide an alternative to avoid congestion on I-10.

For more information on the current study and to provide comments, please visit northsouth-segment1.com