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Building Interstate 11 through Arizona is a $7 billion waste
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Building Interstate 11 through Arizona is a $7 billion waste

Author Kevin DeGood explains why Arizona's costly Interstate 11 project is a poor infrastructure investment and argues for sustainable, high-quality public transportation as well as dedicated facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Over the next 20 years, Arizona expects the metro Phoenix region to expand by 1.8 million people, accounting for 83% of all population growth statewide. Such rapid growth presents a challenge for state officials: how to efficiently, sustainably and cost-effectively accommodate rising travel demand within the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Research by the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that 73% of all vehicle trips are under 9 miles (The average commute is 12.7 miles). Yet the state is proposing to spend more than $7 billion to build a roughly 280-mile interstate highway designed for long-distance, interregional travel.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Arizona Republic. Click here to view the full article.

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Authors

Kevin DeGood

Director, Infrastructure Policy