Pima Association of Governments (PAG) has joined with Imagine Greater Tucson (IGT) to get resident feedback on transportation issues in our region. A survey has been made available to the public to provide guidance for how transportation dollars should be spent and where funding should be allocated for long term projects. There is also an area for comments, and we encourage you to share your thoughts! The survey is available until September 22nd.
The survey focuses on three key transportation and accessibility challenges and opportunities in our region. These include regional accessibility, Interstate 10 congestion, and Tucson’s role as an international trade corridor.
Recently proposed, the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor has been touted as a mechanism to stimulate transcontinental trade and economic development. One proposed Southern Arizona alignment, put forth by the Pima County Administrator, would bypass I-10 and construct a 56-mile highway through lands in Avra Valley. This proposed route would jeopardize the integrity of Ironwood Forest National Monument, Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain Park, and additional planned mitigation lands. Moreover, the I-11 bypass would sever critical wildlife linkages that are vital to preserving the biological diversity and the ecological function of the Sonoran Desert. This proposed alignment is not consistent with a resolution passed in 2007 by the Pima County Board of Supervisors opposing the construction of any new highway with the purpose of bypassing I-10. Before considering the development of new transportation corridors, expanding existing corridors and making efforts to reduce current congestion should be priorities. This includes expanding multi-modal transportation options within existing transportation corridors.
The Coalition recently submitted a comment letter on the proposed I-11 route. You can read the full letter here.
We encourage you to take the survey and support transportation planning that promotes ecosystem health!