The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are seeking community input on the Interstate 11 Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement. The next round of public involvement is expected to occur in fall 2018, following the release of the Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement. This will include formal public hearings throughout the study corridor. Stay tuned for more details regarding the dates and locations.
Throughout the course of the study, the public, communities and other stakeholders are encouraged to comment and help shape the proposed I-11 corridor. All comments are entered into the project record. Comments can be sent to:
The objective of the community outreach program is to solicit input through an open dynamic process that includes as many residents, businesses, property owners, agencies, stakeholders, and community groups within the study area. The process has been structured to involve people early and often, and to share information as it becomes available.
The outreach process was designed to be personal and extensive. Because of the large size of the study area, it has been separated into three distinct sections. Separate public meetings will be conducted in each of the three sections to understand and obtain the unique concerns. A variety of opportunities have been made available for the community to get involved and stay informed about the project. These include the following, some of which are expanded upon below:
Project Updates and Mailing List
Short project updates are frequently posted to the website, under Updates, to inform stakeholders when new information is available and to provide additional information on project-specific elements. Those on the project mailing list will receive an email each time a new update is posted. Join the I-11 Tier 1 EIS Mailing List to receive mailings.
Advertisements are placed in regional newspapers and several radio stations to announce meetings and other important study information.
The project website is used to disseminate information and provide a schedule of events. The site is presented in English, with the ability to translate information into other languages. The website will continually be updated to feature new information, including online surveys following public meetings, a location for media information, and technical documents or reports.
The website is updated on a regular basis with the intent of providing real-time project information.
Corridor-wide meetings are being conducted at major project milestones to cover specific topics and provide opportunities for the community to interact with the project team to discuss project issues and recommendations.
For information of the next Corridor-Wide meeting dates and times and to view information from previous meetings, visit Community Outreach and Public Meetings.
Federal, State, Regional, County, Local Agency and Tribal Interaction
Under Section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), agencies are responsible for identifying any issues of concern regarding potential environmental, social, or economic impacts that could substantially delay or prevent an agency from granting a permit or other approval needed for the project. Section 6002 is intended to assure that agencies are fully engaged in the project and the decisions regarding the alternatives to be evaluated.
In addition to outreach to the general public, an extensive agency coordination process will be occurring simultaneously. More than 60 agencies are included in the stakeholder database, including elected officials, federal agencies, tribal governments, organizations, special interest groups, and other interested parties. These stakeholders will receive email updates regarding study progress, as well as be invited to key meetings during the environmental review process.
In addition, under NEPA, specific agencies are called upon to have a more involved role in the study process. Nine agencies have accepted to participate as Cooperating Agencies, which represent those with jurisdiction over any environmental impact involved in the study. They are responsible for identifying impacts and important issues to be addressed in the Tier 1 EIS pertaining to the agency’s jurisdictional resource(s) and reviewing all technical documents. 52 agencies have accepted to engage as Participating Agencies, which are federal, state, regional, county, and local agencies, as well as tribal governments that may have an interest in the I-11 Corridor. Participating Agencies provide input on the purpose and need, range of alternatives, methodologies, and level of detail required to evaluate impacts relative to their respective jurisdictional resource(s).
The Alternatives Selection Report documents the analysis of the proposed corridor options. Through this analysis, a reasonable range of alternatives was identified to be carried forward into the Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement for further study.
The 2017 Agency and Public Information Meeting Summary Report documents the feedback received through the various outreach mechanisms on the alternative screening process and the proposed reasonable alternatives.
As part of the environmental study for Interstate 11 between Nogales and Wickenburg, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration held six public meetings to review and collect input on the proposed reasonable alternatives.
A series of public meetings was held throughout the corridor study area, including Wickenburg, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Marana, Tucson and Nogales. The meetings provided an update on the study and sought input on the alternatives screening process and the recommended range of reasonable alternatives that could be advanced into the Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement for further study. This public input will help ADOT and FHWA identify the selected corridor alternative and the type of transportation facility.
The alternatives evaluation public information meetings were held on the dates and locations listed below. Select the thumbnails to view the presentation, fact sheet and boards from the alternatives evaluation meetings.
Tuesday, May 2
Arizona Riverpark Inn
777 W. Cushing Street, Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, May 3
Marana Middle School – Cafeteria
11285 W. Grier Road, Marana, AZ
Thursday, May 4
Nogales High School – Cafeteria
1905 N. Apache Boulevard, Nogales, AZ
Wednesday, May 10
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center Dining Room
405 E. 6th Street, Casa Grande, AZ
Thursday, May 11
Wickenburg Community Center
160 N. Valentine Street, Wickenburg, AZ
Tuesday, May 16
Buckeye Community Center Multipurpose Room
201 E. Centre Avenue, Buckeye, AZ
A summary of the scoping process and feedback received through the various outreach mechanisms has been documented in a Scoping Summary Report.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) held six public scoping meeting as part of the environmental study for Interstate 11 (I-11) between Nogales and Wickenburg.
Public Scoping is a time at the beginning of the environmental study for the study team to learn from the community. As part of the scoping process, a series of public meetings were held throughout the Corridor Study Area, including Wickenburg, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Marana, Tucson and Nogales. The public scoping meetings provided study information, obtained community feedback on issues in the Corridor Study Area, and solicited input to form potential corridor alternatives. This public input will help ADOT and FHWA identify the selected corridor alternative and type of transportation facility.
The following list outlines the public meetings were held during the scoping period. Each meeting was held from 4-6:30 PM, with a presentation at approximately 4:15. The same information was presented at each meeting. Following the presentation, the meeting will be held in an open house format with study team members available to answer questions.
Select the thumbnails to view the presentation and boards from the public scoping meetings.
Wednesday, June 8
Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center - Dining Room
405 E 6th Street
Casa Grande, AZ
Wednesday, June 15
City of Buckeye Community Center - Multipurpose Room
201 East Centre Ave.
Tuesday, June 21
Nogales High School Cafeteria
1905 N. Apache Boulevard
Wednesday, June 22
Arizona Riverpark Inn
777 W. Cushing St.
Thursday, June 23
Marana Middle School Gymnasium
11285 W. Grier Rd.
Wednesday, June 29
Wickenburg Community Center
160 N Valentine St.
Those interested in commenting on the study, but were not able to attend a public meeting, were encouraged to complete the online survey. Comments were due by July 8, 2016 to be included in the Public Comment Summary Report.