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ADOT Begins Environmental Study For Proposed Interstate 11 Corridor Project

Gov. Jan Brewer and  John Halikowski
Arizona Department of Transportation
Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and ADOT Director John Halikowski unveiled Interstate 11 signs in 2014.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has launched an environmental study on the Interstate 11 corridor project. The proposed interstate would extend from Nogales to Wickenburg.

The study should last about three years. During that time the ADOT will narrow down the possible routes I-11 would take and assess the opportunities and constraints that come with each.

ADOT spokeswoman Laura Douglas said if the plan is ultimately approved it’s hard to say when construction would begin.

"It really kind of depends on where this particular study leads us," she said. "We have to finish the study process we need to talk about things like design and right of way and whether or not to use existing infrastructure."

The proposed I-11 corridor would begin in Nogales, run west of the Phoenix metro area and then north to Wickenburg following U.S. 93. Douglas added there will be multiple chances for public inputthroughout the process.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.