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Hobbs won't direct ADOT to scrap proposed I-11 route near Tucson Mountain Park

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs says she will not direct the state Department of Transportation to scrap a proposal to build an interstate next to Tucson Mountain Park.

The plans are for Interstate 11, which could eventually run from Canada to Mexico. 

State officials are looking at plans to place part of I-11 next to Tucson Mountain Park and through the Tucson Mitigation Corridor, which was created in the 1990s to minimize wildlife disruption.

Conservationists filed a lawsuit in 2022 asking a federal judge to stop the building of I-11 or to force the government to use a different path.

An alternative route would run the new interstate along parts of the I-10 and I-19. In an interview with Capitol Media Services, Hobbs said the state has to balance progress with sustainability.

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Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.