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Cunningham: I-11 is a boondoggle that doesn't benefit Tucson

The proposed Interstate 11 west of Tucson is a boondoggle that doesn't benefit our city and doesn't benefit our neighbors in Pima County (unless you happen to be a real estate speculator).... Read more»

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Jun 16, 2019, 10:51 am
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This view seems to capture really “short term” thinking.

First, to capture tax dollars on a few truckers stopping at a restaurant on their way north from Nogales, you’re suggesting we drive up the traffic through the already packed I-10 route in the city? Note that this also increases pollution and creates more of a demand for us to expand I-10 and have further construction delays.

Second, having a bypass to better move goods in and out of southern Arizona will help build overall economic activity in the region and encourage more big companies to come to this town, thus creating jobs and new opportunities. As the largest city in the region, Tucson absolutely will benefit from that growth - as it has for a hundred years.

Environmental concerns are always there and we should work with the necessary parties to do what we can to mitigate those risks. But the rest of your arguments here just suggest a mentality of “I like the way everything is today and don’t want to change”, but that “stagnant” mentality just ends up hurting everyone over time. How about, instead, we keep building this region, expand infrastructure, think longer term, and grow.

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Jun 16, 2019, 7:08 pm
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Great points, thank you for writing this. Building a noisy intrusive highway a few hundred feet away from the signature hiking trails in Saguaro National Park would be a disgrace. Tucson is the closest major city to a National Park in the entire country and we need to take care of it.

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Jun 16, 2019, 7:11 pm
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We shouldn’t destroy the desert and develop the pristine area west of Saguaro National Park. Our proximity to well preserved natural beauty is what makes Tucson unique. We don’t want to become another Phoenix.

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Jun 18, 2019, 9:46 am
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Tucson Mike, you really need to get past the hype and see the facts.  1) I-ll is meant, and the planners say so, to facilitate manufacture and assembly in Mexico, and to attract US companies from China…to Mexico, where wages are lower.  2)  ADOT and the Feds have adopted a memorandum of understanding that allows ADOT to monitor itself on environmental issues for the required Tier 2 Environmental Impact Study. 3)  Improving I-10 costs billions less, with far less damage.  4)  The 25,000 people who live in the Avra Valley and would be negatively impacted—and we are not chopped liver!

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