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Road study draws crowd

Posted: Friday, May 4th, 2012

About 70 people filled the cafeteria at Coyote Trail Elementary School Wednesday night for a predesign study session that will help determine the future of interchanges between Ina and Tangerine Road along I-10.

MARANA — The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Federal Highway Administration are beginning an engineering and environmental study of Interstate 10 between Tangerine Road and Ina Road. The public was invited Wednesday night to a study session that explained some of the goals of the project and asked those who attended to add their feedback.

The goal for this study is to develop a long-range plan for providing an improved roadway for general traffic, commuters and truck traffic traveling along this portion of the I-10 corridor. ADOT said it would take about two years to complete the study that also includes and Environmental Assessment.

More than 70 people filled the cafeteria at Coyote Trail Elementary School. They heard from two designers.

“This is what we think of as predesign,” said Robin Raine, and engineer with the DOT. “It helps us develop traffic opportunities for the future, at the same time we do the National Environmental Policy Act process. That covers everything around here that is not part of the engineered environment but part of what is here now.”

There will be another meeting in May of this year to review and provide feedback for possible alternatives. This process will run through the summer of 2013 with more meetings.

What is being looked at in detail by this study is the Cortaro Road and the Avra Valley Road interchanges. What the designers would like to do, if the feedback is there, is to aim at building an interchange that is much like the Twin Peaks interchange. It has set the standard for coming years.

There will be no construction before 2018 at the very earliest.

For the complete article see the 05-09-2012 issue.

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