ADOT holding public meeting about possible Phoenix to Las Vegas interstate

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s opinion on a possible interstate that would make it easier for Valley residents to travel to Sin City.

On Tuesday, October 23 a public meeting will take place to discuss a proposed Interstate-11 that would connect Phoenix and Las Vegas.

The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be held at the Burton Barr Central Library, which is located at 1221 North Central Avenue.

The Nevada Department of Transportation will be hosting a similar meeting this Thursday in Henderson, Nev.

While there are still many more details to examine, work did begin this summer to study the connection between Phoenix and Las Vegas, with the possibility of extending north to Canada and south to Mexico.

ADOT and the Nevada Department of Transportation are currently involved in a $2.5 million study that will spend the next two years evaluating the possibility of a new interstate.

The proposed Interstate-11 has been a key component of Governor Jan Brewer’s plan for jobs and economic development.

Phoenix and Las Vegas are currently the largest cities in the country not linked by an interstate highway corridor.

In 1956 when the Federal Aid Highway Act was enacted, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tucson and Reno had a combined population that was less than 700,000.

Those same cities are now home to approximately 8 million people.

For more information on Interstate-11 visit www.i11Study.com.