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  • Writer's pictureMark L. Johnson

TA Alert! Road Noise! I-11

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

The Tortolita Alliance (TA) is collaborating with the Coalition For Sonoran Desert Protection (CSDP) and other environmental groups in the Tucson Region to oppose the proposed Interstate Eleven (I-11) West Option in Pima County.

I-11 is a proposed interstate highway that will extend from Nogales to Wickenburg in Arizona. It is part of a grand program to provide a high-capacity north-south interstate highway from Canada to Mexico.

The map above is taken from the project's draft Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The West Option runs through Avra Valley (and right next to Saguaro National Park, Ironwood Forest National Monument, and Tohono O'odham tribal lands) and an East Option that co-locates I-11 with I-19 and I-10 through the Tucson region.

The West Option is unacceptable for obvious reasons and we need your help.

CSDP is taking the lead on this and the following message is taken directly from CSDP's informational email to its member groups. It has background information, links to documents, suggested comment letters and more.

TA will be commenting on behalf of its members but we urge you as an individual to engage.


Message From CSDP Regarding I-11

We are asking our supporters to take TWO actions right now and we ask you to do the same (along with getting the word out to your supporters).

  1. Request an extension of the public comment deadline from 30 days to 120 days. The current deadline is August 16, 2021. We need more time! You can read the comment letter we submitted with this request HERE. Feel free to use any of the language in this letter and/or personalize with your own words relevant to your unique mission.

  2. Submit a comment stating your opposition to the West Preferred Alternative Option (can be done concurrently or separately from Action #1)

You can submit your comments on-line by clicking on the button below:

The overarching message we encourage in your comments is that ADOT/FHWA should ABANDON the West Preferred Alternative Option in Avra Valley. We are currently working on our comments and will be sending out more details soon.

Thank you for your collaboration and assistance in organizing against this proposal. Please reach out with any questions, ideas, or ways we can help.


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