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Public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Nogales on State Route 189 Draft Environmental Assessment

Public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Nogales on State Route 189 Draft Environmental Assessment

January 27, 2017

NOGALES – A public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 31, is a chance for the community to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment for a project to improve State Route 189 between the international border, Interstate 19 and Grand Avenue. 

Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Nogales High School, 1905 N. Apache Blvd., the hearing begins with a presentation at 5:45 p.m., followed by a formal comment period.

Public input is essential to this environmental assessment, which is part of the review process required by the federal government and details the need for the project, proposed alternatives including a no-build option, environmental impacts and recommendations.

The Draft Environmental Assessment is available on ADOT’s website at azdot.gov/SR189DraftEA. Printed copies are available at Nogales City Hall, 777 N. Grand Ave., and the Nogales/Santa Cruz County Public Library, 518 N. Grand Ave.

Comments, which will be accepted until Feb. 14, can be provided at the hearing, through the ADOT website (azdot.gov/SR189DraftEA) or by mail to 1655 W. Jackson St., Mail Drop 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

Investments proposed for SR 189, including a flyover ramp to northbound I-19, are intended to significantly improve the 3.75-mile highway for Nogales residents, commercial vehicles and personal travelers, and enhance safety and reduce congestion for many years to come. Other work proposed includes adding a raised median along SR 189 and improving intersections with Grand Avenue and Target Range Road.

A $25 million appropriation passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Governor Doug Ducey aimed at accelerating this project has made it possible for work to start in 2019, two years earlier than originally planned. In addition, $40 million in federal funds will go toward SR 189 improvements.

While moving toward the start of this project, ADOT continues to seek funding for additional improvements to SR 189, including a new ramp for traffic on southbound I-19 to enter southbound SR 189. Those improvements are estimated to cost $75 million.