On April 5, 2019, the Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, released the Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement and Preliminary Section 4(f) Evaluation (Draft Tier 1 EIS) for the Interstate 11 (I-11) Corridor, Nogales to Wickenburg. The Draft Tier 1 EIS is available for review on the Documents page and at several locations in the study area
The public hearings will take place at the locations, dates, and times listed below. The same information will be provided continuously at each public hearing. Attend any time during the hours listed.
Monday, 4/29/19 | 5–8 p.m.
Palo Verde Energy Education Center
600 N. Verrado Way (formerly Airport Road), Buckeye
Tuesday, 4/30/19 | 4–7 p.m.
Wickenburg Community Center
160 N Valentine Street, Wickenburg
Wednesday, 5/1/19 | 5–8 p.m.
777 N. Pinal Avenue, Casa Grande
Tuesday, 5/7/19 | 4–7 p.m.
Quality Hotel Americana
639 N. Grand Avenue, Nogales
Wednesday, 5/8/19 | 3–8 p.m.
Tucson Convention Center Ballrooms/Lobby
260 S. Church Avenue, Tucson
Saturday 5/11/19 | 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Marana High School Cafeteria
12000 W. Emigh Road, Marana
There are many ways to provide input (see “Provide Your Comments” section below), including the opportunity to provide three-minute public statements at all public hearings. Public hearing speaker pre-registration is available for the Marana and Tucson public hearing locations only. Sign up below or call 1.844.544.8049(bilingüe) for more information.
The Draft Tier 1 EIS is available for a public comment period, starting April 5, 2019, and ending on July 8, 2019.
During this comment period, the Draft Tier 1 EIS is available on the Documents page and at the following repository locations during regular business hours:
There are several ways to provide comments on the Draft Tier 1 EIS:
At a public hearing
Phone: 1.844.544.8049 (bilingüe)
Mail: I-11 Tier 1 EIS Study Team c/o ADOT Communications
1655 W. Jackson Street Mail Drop 126F
Phoenix, AZ 85007
All comment methods are considered equal.
Formal Public Hearing Comment Process
Six public hearings on the Draft Tier 1 EIS will provide information on the Recommended Corridor Alternative and accept formal public comments. The same information and materials will be provided at each of the six public hearing locations. At each public hearing, members of the public can make comments on the Draft Tier 1 EIS in front of a study team panel (within a three-minute time limit). The public hearing is the only opportunity where three‑minute verbal public comments can be given in front of the panel. This portion of the hearing will be held for the purpose of receiving comments. It is not intended to be a question-and-answer session however, study team members will be available in the Open House portion of the hearing to discuss the Draft Tier 1 EIS and answer questions. Court reporters will also be available to record individual verbal comments. Comment forms and computers or tablets will be available for written comments. All comments will be documented, reviewed, and considered by the study team and responded to in the Final Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement.
The main objective of community outreach and public involvement is to solicit input through an open and transparent process that includes the public, businesses, property owners, agencies, stakeholders, tribal governments, 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 public involvement and outreach process is designed to be personal and extensive. Because of the large size of the study area, it has been divided into three distinct sections: South, Central, and North (see map). Public hearings are being held in 2019 in each section and public meetings were conducted in each of the three sections in 2016 and 2017. In addition, a variety of opportunities have been made available for the community to get involved and stay informed about the study. Opportunities include the following:
Project Updates and Mailing List
Short project updates are frequently posted to the website, under Blog, to inform the public and 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 email blasts.
Advertisements are placed in regional newspapers and with 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 is frequently updated to feature new information, technical documents and reports.
The website is updated with the intent of providing real-time project information.
Corridor-wide public meetings have been 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 about the next corridor-wide meeting dates, times and locations, and to view information from previous meetings, visit Public Meetings and Outreach.
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 has been 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 receive email updates regarding study progress, and they are 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 the opportunity 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 for reviewing all technical documents. Fifty-two agencies have accepted the opportunity 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 alternatives screening process and the proposed reasonable alternatives.
The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration held six public information meetings in 2017 to review and collect input on the proposed alternatives. The meetings were held throughout the corridor study area: 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. The alternatives evaluation public meeting materials are provided below. Select the thumbnails to view the presentation, fact sheet and display boards from the alternatives evaluation public meetings.
Public Scoping is a time at the beginning of the Tier I EIS 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.
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.