McSally, Stanton Introduce Bill to Accelerate Development of I-11

December 20, 2019

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Representative Greg Stanton (D-AZ) today introduced a bill to accelerate the development of Interstate 11 (I-11) in Arizona.

The legislation would provide new federal assistance to complete the required Tier II Environmental Impact Study for segments of the project.

“Cross-border and interstate commerce are a major driver for job creation in Arizona. In order to keep up with our state’s rapid growth, we must modernize our infrastructure. Currently, Phoenix and Las Vegas are the only two major cities in America not connected by a highway,” said Sen. Martha McSally.  “When this project is completed, the I-11 corridor will provide a direct route from our southern border to Phoenix to Las Vegas. I am glad to work with Sen. Sinema and Rep. Stanton to ensure the project is completed in a timely manner in order to meet the growing need for quality infrastructure in our state."

“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. “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.”

I-11 offers a unique opportunity to stimulate job growth not only in the important areas of tourism and travel, but in other major industry sectors such as health care, aerospace, logistics, distribution, and technology. These industries need a dependable, reliable and efficient transportation corridor to be successful. Another major benefit of I-11 will be reduced traffic congestion in key areas.

In addition to I-11 being vital to the overall economic success of our region, this project will bolster the nation's options for additional trade routes and trading opportunities with Mexico and Canada. I-11 would be a vital segment to the CANAMEX Corridor, as this project has the potential to connect the U.S. to emerging economies in Latin America.

At the completion of I-11, the region is estimated to generate $24 billion in economic impact and approximately 24,000 jobs.

U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is a co-sponsor of the Senate legislation.

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