Mark your calendar! Save the date! And get ready to voice your opposition to any proposed interstate that goes through Avra Valley!
The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highways Administration are holding a series of public meetings in May to discuss their corridor alternatives for a new interstate between Nogales and Wickenburg. While we have not seen the alternatives they will be presenting at these meetings, we are confident that at least one of them will go through Avra Valley…and right next to Saguaro National Park and Ironwood Forest National Monument.
Do you think we should construct a new interstate in between our treasured Saguaro National Park and Ironwood Forest National Monument?
It is well-established that new interstates bring with them new development, new roads, and more traffic. They are not stand-alone pieces of infrastructure. They come with exits, gas stations, frontage roads, and all kinds of new development. They also have negative impacts on viewsheds, natural quiet, dark skies, and other wilderness values.
Avra Valley is a biologically-rich part of our region with significant protected open space, wildlife linkages, and mitigation lands. Avra Valley is located right in between Pima County-owned Tucson Mountain Park and national treasure Saguaro National Park to the east and Ironwood Forest National Monument and the Tohono O’odham Nation to the west. It also contains mitigation lands managed by the Bureau of Reclamation for impacts from the Central Arizona Project canal, open space lands owned by Pima County and the Regional Flood Control District, and the Santa Cruz River. A new interstate through all of these protected lands would be devastating and irreversible.
Can we count on you to attend one of these public meetings and voice your opposition to any interstate alternative through Avra Valley?
There are two meetings in the Pima County area, and four more in other parts of southern Arizona.
Tuesday, May 2, 5-7pm
Arizona Riverpark Inn, 777 W. Cushing St., Tucson
Wednesday, May 3, 5-7pm
Marana Middle School – Cafeteria, 11285 W. Grier Road, Marana
For a full list of all the public meetings and more information, head to the project website at http://i11study.com/Arizona/Meetings.asp
Thank you for speaking out and using your voice to make a difference!
We will be updating this post with more detailed talking points closer to the public meetings. Check back for more information! Questions? Please give us a call at (520) 388-9925 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Tags: ADOT, avra valley, FHA, I-11, Interstate 11, public meetings