Stanton urges transportation secretary to support Arizona’s Interstate 11

A map displays a corridor that ADOT is recommending for its Interstate 11 project.

Pinal Central Staff

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., made the case to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg Thursday to support Arizona infrastructure projects, including Interstate 11 and the regional light rail.

Buttigieg appeared before a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on “The Administration’s Priorities for Transportation Infrastructure.”

“We need the federal government to support light rail throughout Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe—and to support the construction of new highways such as Interstate 11 and the expansion of existing highways, including Interstate 10,” Stanton said. “The role of the both the local and federal government is particularly important in Arizona because state leaders have really fallen short when it comes to making infrastructure investment at the state level.”

Stanton asked for Buttigieg’s support to complete an environmental review for I-11, the next step to advancing the interstate segment that would connect Phoenix to Las Vegas — a step forward Stanton has pushed for throughout his time in Congress.

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