Study Update: April 17, 2019
Since 2005, the Arizona Department of Transportation has been studying State Route 30, a proposed new freeway corridor that would serve as an alternate route to Interstate 10. The study area extends from Sarival Avenue on the west to 59th Avenue on the east, and Lower Buckeye Road on the north to the Gila and Salt rivers on the south. The project spans about 13 miles and passes through the cities of Goodyear, Avondale and Phoenix and portions of unincorporated Maricopa County.
In early 2015, after several years of study, ADOT presented the public with four build alternatives (North, Center, Hybrid, and South). All four alternatives were evaluated with a comprehensive screening process using 24 technical (environmental and engineering) criteria, eight cost and right-of-way criteria, and seven agency and public support criteria. Also considered was a No-Build Alternative, which explored the impacts of not building a transportation corridor in the study area.
In November 2017, ADOT held a public meeting that provided information on the four build alternatives and the No-Build Alternative, concluding with an announcement that only the No-Build Alternative and the Hybrid Alternative were being carried forward for detailed analysis and additional public input. The Hybrid Alternative would now be referred to as the Recommended Build Alternative (or RBA).
In early 2019, after carefully considering the findings from the multi-year screening process that evaluated 24 environmental and engineering criteria, eight cost and right of way criteria, and the public and agency feedback received, ADOT is recommending the RBA as the Recommended Alternative with the following justification:
Only the Build Alternative:
- Satisfies the objectives of the adopted Regional Transportation Plan, which seeks to develop an efficient regional transportation system for the whole region, and which was approved by the voters of Maricopa County in 2004 through Proposition 400.
- Is consistent with the voter-approved land use plans and economic and residential growth objectives of the cities of Phoenix, Avondale, and Goodyear and Maricopa County.
- Will accommodate the projected traffic in the Study Area, which is expected to increase substantially as existing agricultural land transitions to residential, commercial, warehouse and distribution, and light industrial uses.
- Provides an alternate route and congestion relief for I-10 and other east-west arterials in the area. These facilities will only continue to degrade over the next couple of decades as growth in the southwest valley occurs, even after they are widened to their maximum capacity.
While ADOT does acknowledge that the Build Alternative is estimated to cost $1.7 billion, will have some minor environmental impacts that will require mitigation, and will require the unfortunate acquisition and relocation of 130 residential homes and 13 businesses, the public benefits gained from selecting the Build Alternative outweigh these factors.
The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Initial Location/Design Concept Report (L/DCR) (the engineering support document) details the evaluation and decision making process throughout this study. The publication of these documents for public review and comment starts April 17, 2019 and ends on June 3, 2019. A formal public hearing is scheduled on May 11, 2019. Additional information on this Public Hearing can be found on the Public Involvement Tab.
The Recommended Alternative is depicted in the following map: