The residents of southern Arizona have called for careful consideration of the development of I-11 and what route it might take. Ignoring those calls, Senator Martha McSally and Representative Greg Stanton have introduced a bill to accelerate the development of the controversial highway.
The bill would provide new federal assistance to complete the required Tier II Environmental Impact Study for segments of the project.
“We’re working together on this bipartisan bill to advance a project that could create enormous economic potential in our state,” said Rep. Greg Stanton in a press release. “I-11 would open up a new transportation corridor in Arizona, leading to new jobs and increased trade with our partners in Mexico and Canada. I’m encouraged by this next step forward to accelerate I-11.”
McSally and Stanton claimed in the press release that I-11 will reduce “traffic congestion in key areas,” and “has the potential to connect the U.S. to emerging economies in Latin America.”
Senator Kyrsten Sinema is a co-sponsor of the Senate legislation.