The proposed interstate trade route I-11 designated by the Congress stretches from the Mexico border through Nevada and Arizona, with the possibility of crossing other states all the way to the Canadian border.
Town of Wickenburg
Officials of the Town of Wickenburg has released a statement that they want interstate route to be east of the Black Mountain near the town limits, as shown in the illustrated map they submitted to the local, state, and federal agencies responsible for the project.
The freeway passing through Arizona would start at Nogales, with a number of other options being considered for the route. However, the plan was for I-11 to parallel, albeit loosely, I-10 through Casa Grande, the Phoenix area, and Tucson. The I-11 is set to continue north approaching Wickenburg in the Buckeye area, meeting US 93, continuing its way to Las Vegas and Kingman.
History of Process
In their meeting in February, Wickenburg’s Economic Development Director Aaron White explained that on May 1 last year, the council has supported the I-11 design report that came from the Sonoran Institute. In December of the same year, however, the Arizona Department of Transportation submitted alternative routes showing different alignments of the interstate located at the western side of the Wickenburg town and Black Mountain, also known as Alternatives S and U. On January 29 this year, the town’s task force assigned to handle the I-11 planning and how it will affect the town has reconvened and proposed another alternative.
The town wanted to make sure that the area benefits from the development in terms of visibility, annexation, extension of public utilities, economic development in the future, the possibility of sound pollution and how it can be mitigated, as well as other concerns.
With these in mind, they have agreed with the interstate placed along the U corridor on the northern part of the Vulture Mountain Recreation Area, aligned with the corridor V at the east of Black Mountain and north of US 93. A yellow line on the Arizona illustrated map indicates it. This is just one mile away from the town, compared to other plans that placed the freeway four miles from it.