Did you know? Phoenix and Las Vegas are the only two cities in the U.S. with populations of over 1 million that do not have a direct Interstate connection. Commerce bypasses Phoenix because of a great big hole in the Northern part of the State. With the recent completion of the Hoover Dam bypass, which provides an alternate route for travelers and especially the trucking industry, more activity is brewing to provide more efficiency to the commerce moving daily through the country. The project, Interstate 11 transportation corridor, has been identified by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) as the last link to create a continuous north-south interstate corridor in the Mountain West region of the U.S. PCA’s Transportation Committee were presented the Interstate 11 Corridor proposed route and motioned and voted to approve the adopted plans.
A portion of the transportation corridor is along existing roadways. Interstate 11 will connect the I-10 to 93 and I-15 (which is the connector highway to Canada). A new stretch of highway will extend North on the I-10 to Wickenburg. The project will be federally-funded and is currently commencing the environmental study (EIS).
Chairman of CAN-DO, the Interstate-11 Coalition, Steve Betts stressed the importance that this highway is not about increased vacationers to Phoenix, although one can assume that the traffic on the route from Las Vegas to Phoenix would include travelers. Betts said, this is about “commerce” and giving Arizona a percentage of the revenue that has predominantly moved through California.
More information on the I-11 Corridor project can be found at http://interstate11.org/interstate-11.aspx.
For more information about PCA’s Transportation Committee, please visit our website at http://www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com.