ADOT seeks input on Pinal highway route
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ADOT seeks input on Pinal highway route

Population growth in Pinal County is causing the state Department of Transportation to explore building a new road between Apache Junction and the Eloy area. ADOT wants public input on the route

If you've ever driven in the Coolidge/Florence area, you know the area's roads are frequently narrow, and often heavily traveled. While ADOT isn't looking at building a straighter route between Florence and Casa Grande, Arizona's transportation department is exploring a possible route for a north-south road in the area.

ADOT said the roads in the area have a "fragmented, noncontinuous nature."

"A person wishing to travel from Eloy to Apache Junction would have to travel on five different roads to complete the trip: State Route (SR) 87, SR 287, Attaway Road, Hunt Highway, and Gantzel/Ironwood Road," the agency said in a draft study of a new route

The proposed 45-mile north-south route would bypass congestion on Interstate 10, ADOT said.

ADOT is holding meetings in Pinal County to get public input:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 6
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Santa Cruz Valley Union High School Cafeteria
  • 900 N. Main St.
  • Eloy
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Apache Junction Moose Lodge, Large Meeting Room
  • 350 W. 16th Ave.
  • Apache Junction
  • Thursday, Dec. 8
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Coolidge-Florence Elks Lodge
  • 2241 N. Attaway Road
  • Coolidge
  • Monday, Dec. 12
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Walker Butte Elementary School Cafeteria
  • 29697 N. Desert Willow Blvd.
  • San Tan Valley

From ADOT:

Each workshop will begin at 6 p.m. and will be identical in content and format. The study team will give a brief presentation at 6:15 p.m. and attendees will break out into small groups to view and discuss the possible route alternatives on maps.

Since the October 2010 public meetings, possible route alternatives have been identified between US 60 near Apache Junction and I-10 near Eloy and Picacho. The goal of the workshops is to gather specific opinions or concerns from residents or landowners affected by the possible routes. The public's comments will be a factor in determining which route alternatives will be considered for additional study. The team is also evaluating the consequences of not making any improvements (no-build alternative).

Check the ADOT website for more details.

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Dec 1, 2011, 4:12 pm
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Wow…a governmental agency responding to population growth by building roads to accommodate the increased traffic. What a concept!

Why in the world can’t we do that here in Tucson??? We seem to respond to increased traffic with speed humps, debris in the middle of intersections, revenue cameras, unnecessary traffic lights, and lowering speed limits.

If I didn’t have such a great job I would have left this insanity long ago *sigh*

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