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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lower Sonoran Field Office
 
Release Date: 07/19/13
Contacts: Media Contact: Pamela Mathis (623) 580-5509    
  Project Contact: Kathleen Depukat (623) 580-5681    

BLM Arizona Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Parkway from Goodyear to Mobile, Arizona


PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona seeks public input for a proposed Parkway between the City of Goodyear and Town of Mobile, in Maricopa County, Arizona. The City of Goodyear proposes to build a 15 to 18-mile long throughway called the Sonoran Valley Parkway that would provide improved access for fire, police, emergency services, and residents.

The BLM manages public lands where the Parkway is proposed and evaluates the environmental impacts of constructing, maintaining, and operating a 250-foot wide right-of-way. Today, the BLM announces the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and seeks public comments over the next 45 days. Read about it at: www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/lands/svpp-eis.html

If given approval, the City of Goodyear would build the Sonoran Valley Parkway in two-lane increments with expansions to a four (Phase 2) and six-lane Parkway (Phase 3) as population expands. The Draft EIS provides alternatives developed by the BLM, local, and State cooperators. To learn more about the alternatives and project, two public information meetings will be held in an open house format on:
 
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Presentation begins at 6:00 p.m.
Goodyear Government Building
190 N. Litchfield Road
Goodyear, Arizona
Thursday, August 22, 2013
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Presentation begins at 6:00 p.m.
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
48456 West Highway 238
Maricopa, Arizona

The public is encouraged to comment on the Draft EIS. All comments must be postmarked, emailed, or hand delivered by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013, to be considered for incorporation into the Final EIS. All substantive comments and information submitted will be summarized and addressed in the Final EIS. Substantive comments are ones that, with reasonable basis, comment on the accuracy of the information in the Draft EIS, the adequacy of, methodology for, or assumptions used for the environmental analysis, present new information relevant to the analysis, present alternatives other than those analyzed and cause changes or revision in one or more of the alternatives. 

Comments may be submitted to:

Kathleen Depukat, 
District Project Manager, 
BLM Phoenix District Office, 
Lower Sonoran Field Office, 
21605 North 7th Avenue, 
Phoenix, Arizona 85027-2929

or sent to BLM_AZ_SVPP@blm.gov.

For more information about the project or to view the DEIS, visit: www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/lands/svpp-eis.html.
 
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 07-19-2013