A two-year planning process by the Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation to prepare for a future Interstate 11 “Canamex Highway” is ending. A May 21 stakeholders meeting in Tucson finalized a draft “business case” for the controversial multibillion-dollar highway.
Saying, “They are just signs, but they say a lot,” the Arizona Department of Transportation erected signs marking the future Interstate 11 corridor between Phoenix and Las Vegas over the weekend.
At a time when Arizona leaders are expressing renewed interest in increasing trade with Mexico, representatives from Pima County say they are aghast that planning for a new interstate has not included Southern Arizona.
Picture Rocks community activist Albert Lannon is most interested in the way he thinks things ought to be, rather than how they are.
City business and political leaders have endorsed the notion of having a new interstate run through the Tucson region, saying they fear the area will become economically irrelevant without it.
Some Avra Valley residents are hoping the proposed Interstate 11 does not run through their backyards.
A major piece of Pima County's economic future hangs on local governments cooperating to win federal support for the proposed I-11 highway between Casa Grande and Green Valley, said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, who is pushing to make it happen.
Pima County supervisors are willing to look at a fresh proposal to build a 56-mile trade corridor. But two members of the Democratic majority expressed strong skepticism about its future.
A new interstate could loop around Tucson's west side if local officials can marshal community support.
If built, Interstate 11 would connect at Sahuarita Road, above, and then east to Interstate 10. The above view is looking west on Sahuarita Road.
PHOENIX - A Southern Arizona lawmaker thinks the United States could be on the road to losing its sovereignty if Congress funds a new highway from Phoenix to Las Vegas, or the state allows a private firm to build it.