The Arizona Department of Transportation is issuing the final call for comments on the North-South Corridor draft tier 1 environmental impact statement.
The comment period began on Sept. 6 and closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. During the comment period, ADOT held three public hearings in Florence, Eloy and San Tan Valley, according to a release.
The proposed North-South Corridor is a 50-mile highway in Pinal County that would stretch from U.S.Highway 60 in Apache Junction to Interstate 10 in Eloy. It would also connect to State Route 24 in Queen Creek.
The entire draft tier 1 environmental impact statement, along with all public involvement materials provided at the public hearings, is available at azdot.gov/NorthSouthStudy. An online comment form is also available on the study website. All comments and questions will be documented and answered in the final tier 1 environmental impact statement, which is expected to be complete in 2020.
The preferred corridor alternative is 1,500 feet wide and includes an area where construction of a freeway could be further analyzed. If a corridor is selected at the end of the tier 1 study, further tier 2 studies and evaluations must take place before construction could be considered. The corridor would be narrowed to a highway alignment, which is about 400 feet wide, the release states.
An alignment determining where the North-South freeway could be built would be decided during a future phase of design and environmental studies. There currently are no plans or funding available to initiate these tier 2 studies.
Anyone can submit comments on the Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement through Oct. 29 using the following methods. All methods of comment are considered equally:
Printed copies of the Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement are available for review at the following locations: