Take Action: Attend public meetings about proposed Interstate 11!

April 13, 2017

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 admin@sonorandesert.org. 

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4 Responses

  1. Philip Brown says:

    List times as well as dates and locations, please

    • We somehow overlooked including the time of the meetings. Thanks for letting us know. Those have been added. Check out the bottom of the post for all the info (date, time, location) for the meetings. And hope you can make it, Philip!

  2. Albert Lannon says:

    ADOT clearly doesn’t want the public at these public meetings — no emails to those who signed up for email notification, no media coverage. The last round saw hundreds turn out in overwhelming opposition to I-11 or an Avra Valley I-11. We need to show up and speak up. Rumors are that there are three alternatives, two of them through the Avra Valley and one along the I-10 corridor. One of these will become the “preferred alternative.” They do not mention that there is always a “No Build” option.

    • Thanks for your comment, Albert. We’ll be making an even bigger push to advertise these meetings over the next 2 weeks and we’re hoping hundreds of people turn out like they did in the last round.

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