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3/25/2014 6:00:00 AM
Arizona, Nevada governors unveil signs on proposed I-11 route
Future interstate would link Vegas, Phoenix
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. (Courtesy)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. (Courtesy)
A sign that will mark the proposed corridor of Interstate 11 between Phoenix and Las Vegas sits on the edge of a parking lot overlooking Hoover Dam, Friday, March 21, 2014, at Hoover Dam, Ariz. Arizona governor Jan Brewer and Nevada governor Brian Sandoval gathered to unveil signs in a symbolic effort meant to keep up momentum on the project, which is coming of age in an era of scarce highway funding. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
A sign that will mark the proposed corridor of Interstate 11 between Phoenix and Las Vegas sits on the edge of a parking lot overlooking Hoover Dam, Friday, March 21, 2014, at Hoover Dam, Ariz. Arizona governor Jan Brewer and Nevada governor Brian Sandoval gathered to unveil signs in a symbolic effort meant to keep up momentum on the project, which is coming of age in an era of scarce highway funding. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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A proposed interstate linking Las Vegas and Phoenix is still years and billions of dollars from reality, but the governors of Nevada and Arizona already have unveiled signs to mark their dream.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., met at the Hoover Dam on Friday to unveil signs that will be posted along the proposed Interstate 11. It was a symbolic effort meant to keep up momentum on the project, which is coming of age in an era of scarce highway funding.

"I firmly believe in the Interstate 11 project and know it will serve to help us compete as a region in the global economy," Brewer said in prepared remarks. "This magnificent sign that we are unveiling here today is proof of our confidence and long-term commitment to seeing this vision to fruition."

Nevada and Arizona are linked by the highway U.S. 93, but the corridor missed out on being in the original interstate network because the region's population exploded after the road-building blitz that began in the mid-1950s.

The states' transportation departments haven't officially estimated the cost of building an interstate-quality road through the 290-mile stretch, although informal projections range from $4 billion to $10 billion.

Beyond the link between Las Vegas and Phoenix, planners envision the road continuing south to Mexico and north to Canada. The freeway would direct more international trade through Nevada and Utah instead of into Texas or California, proponents say, and would provide an alternate north-south corridor that would relieve the heavily traveled Interstate 5 that runs through California, Oregon and Washington.

"When complete, I-11 will strengthen Southern Nevada's position as a leading location for logistics and distribution while dramatically improving the movement of goods between Mexico and Canada," said Jonas Peterson, chief operating officer at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, an organization supporting the project.

The road faces significant obstacles. Federal highway funding has dwindled under a gas tax formula that hasn't changed in 20 years, and many residents of the two states are unaware of the proposed road.

Signs along the route are aimed at raising awareness of the project, according to Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder.

Interstate 11 remains in the planning phase. Transportation officials are in the middle of a $2.5 million study to explore potential routes for the road and estimate its cost.

"I-11 will not happen overnight. That is why we are demonstrating our strong support," Brewer said in a statement. "And I am proud to be the governor to drive it forward."

(Information by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press)


KINGMAN - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval met Friday at the Hoover Dam to unveil signs that promote the future route of the Interstate 11.

A project Brewer has enthusiastically championed to connect Arizona to national and international trade partners, I-11 will serve as the main corridor for commerce and transportation between Mexico, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

"For Arizona to remain globally competitive, it is imperative that we continue to seek and develop opportunities like I-11," said Brewer. "In addition to serving as the first direct interstate through Phoenix and Las Vegas - and eventually the first Mexico-to-Canada corridor - this project will pay dividends in trade and tourism for our region and nation for generations to come.

"I thank Governor Sandoval and everyone involved in helping advance this crucial effort."

I-11 was designated by Congress in June 2012 as part of the federal transportation bill. The Departments of Transportation in Arizona and Nevada are in the final stages of their joint feasibility study, expected to be completed this year.

"I-11 will not happen overnight, and that is why we are demonstrating our strong support to bring make this critical project happen," added Brewer. "And I am proud to be the governor to drive it forward."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Article comment by: ROY TREMPY

BIG WASTE OF MONEY THAT WILL ONLY HURT THE KINGMAN AREA BUSINESSES. SCREW THE NAFTA ROUTE...HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE DRIVING ON OUR ROADS THAT DO NOT READ OR SPEAK ENGLISH,,,,,,,,OH,,,I SEE,,,THAY WILL ALSO HAVE SIGNS IN SPANISH,,,I THOUGHT THIS IS AMERICA & ENGLISH IS OUR LANGUAGE....

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

Bypassing a city is a double edged sword. Sometimes by doing that you cut off business to passing vehicles to what's available in town and business there. OTOH, bypassing a town makes the town less congested and quieter. Since Kingman is a good distance from Las Vegas and Phoenix it's a natural place for a stopover for food, shelter, fuel. On the east end of town there are already plenty of motels to accommodate more customers(Rte.66). If a bypass could somehow be cut into the terrain NW of the congestion picture(40/93), then maybe all the gas stations, motels there could be accommodated too with appropriate off ramps. That part of the area(NW) has little housing so it shouldn't cost that much to do.

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: Remmington Bishop

The whole point of I-11 was supposed to provide an additional route for the vast increase in traffic expected to transit the new "CanAMex" route. Most forward thinking cities have rightfully routed the new Highway around their city - creating an "outer loop" to provide for expanded business/growth opportunities near but not on top of existing local business centers already existing in towns. Hopefully Kingman planners are also planning to have the I-11 route provide a way around the already crowded and congested exits along the I-40 and US-93 corridors to avoid negatively impacting safety and traffic flow. We would love to add additional revenue opportunities for business and commercial growth near Kingman which would provide for new jobs and industry BUT it would not be prudent to try to take the easy way out and route the additional traffic through the middle of the existing town centers and traffic interchanges. Phoenix and Las Vegas planners smartly planned these additional highways as on the outer regions of their city centers - Hopefully Kingman planners are just as far-thinking and insightful.

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: joker wilde

What a waste of money. How much was spent on the signs for a project that may or may not be built. The signs will do nothing but confuse motorists.


Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Article comment by: Scott McCoy

Arizona can't (or won't) take care of the Interstate system already in place.

I can't imagine why in the world we spent 10's of millions of taxpayer dollars improving the highway 93 between Las Vegas and Phoenix only to propose a new interstate.

Wasn't Hwy 93 supposed to be designated the Can-A-Mex Highway route?




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