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Public gets a chance to provide input on proposed Sonoran Corridor

Sonoran Corridor study area. (Source: AZ Department of Transportation) Sonoran Corridor study area. (Source: AZ Department of Transportation)
PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

State and federal officials want to know what the public thinks about a proposed Sonoran Corridor connecting Interstate 10 and Interstate 19 south of Tucson International Airport as they begin an anticipated three-year environmental study of the idea.

Officials from the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will be hosting a second meeting to gather public input from 5:30 – 7 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at the Santa Cruz Valley United Methodist Church, 70 E. Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita.

The first meeting was held Wednesday, June 7 near the Tucson Airport and drew dozens of residents.

"Tucson is getting big," said a Tucson resident who lives in the area that's being studied for the project. "People from downtown building on the west near Valencia, it's crowded. So here we are, traffic on the freeway and these trucks are coming in? Something has to give."

The meetings are part of a public scoping process that allows the community the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments and concerns about potential locations for the proposed corridor as well as environmental considerations, impacts on wildlife habitat and cultural resources and other modes of transportation that may be considered.

Public comment also is welcome through July 15 in several ways:

The Sonoran Corridor has been designated as a high-priority corridor under the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. It would support and connect the economy of southern Arizona and the entire state. It also would reduce travel distances south of Tucson and relieve congestion at the current interchange of I-10 and I-19 southwest of downtown Tucson.

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State and federal officials will identify and study a range of possible corridors along with the opportunities and constraints of each. The study will consider the potential social, economic and natural environmental impacts of the alternatives, as well as the impact of not building a freeway in this area.

No route has been selected and there is no timetable for building the Sonoran Corridor, and no funding has been identified for it. 

For more information about this study, visit azdot.gov/SonoranCorridor.

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