The 95-day public review and comment period for the I-11 Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement concluded on July 8, 2019. Since April 5, 2019, when the document was released, more than 2,000 unique questions and comments on the Draft Tier 1 EIS have been submitted to the study team. In addition to those questions and comments, several thousand bulk emails were submitted to the study team as part of nationwide email campaigns from a few different organizations. The study team will provide responses to the questions and comments in the Final Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement, which is expected to be completed and released for public review in 2020.
Nearly 1,350 people attended the six public hearings held throughout the 280-mile study area, and if you were one of them, thank you. If you weren’t able to attend, all the public hearing materials are on this website on the Public Meetings and Outreach page, and there’s still time to comment. The comment period closes on July 8, 2019, so please review the materials and submit your comments online.
On April 26, 2019, ADOT and FHWA issued an Errata (revised Chapter 4 and additional Appendix H1) to the Draft Tier 1 EIS. The revised Chapter 4 includes analysis not previously included in the Draft Tier 1 EIS released on April 5. To allow additional time for public review and comment on the Errata, the comment period was extended to July 8, 2019. Visit the Public Meetings and Outreach page for more information, including repository locations, and how to comment.
The I-11 Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement and Preliminary Section 4(f) Evaluation (Draft Tier 1 EIS) was released for public review and comment on April 5, 2019. Visit the Public Meetings and Outreach page for more information, including repository locations, and how to comment.
At this point in the process, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have not determined a specific route for Interstate 11. A Recommended Corridor and the No-Build Option have been identified in the Draft Tier 1 EIS. After a series of public hearings and a comment period seeking community input, a Preferred Corridor Alternative and the No-Build Option will be identified in the Final Tier 1 EIS. This will provide another opportunity for public review. Finally, the Record of Decision by the Federal Highway Administration will present either a Selected Corridor Alternative or the No-Build Option. This is expected in 2020.
The Draft Tier 1 EIS presents a recommended 2,000-foot-wide corridor, along with the No-Build (do-nothing) Option. For reference, a corridor is a 2,000-foot-wide swath of land. An actual freeway alignment is approximately 400 feet or less and would be determined during Tier 2 environmental studies. Tier 2 studies have not been funded or programmed yet.