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Lower Sonoran Field Office
Release Date: 09/04/13
Contacts: Media Contact , Pamela Mathis , 623-580-5509
  Project Contact , Kathleen Dupukat , 623-580-5681

BLM Arizona Extends Comment Period for Proposed Parkway from Goodyear to Mobile, Arizona Comments Due: September 20, 2013


PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona seeks additional public input, specifically for under-served populations in Rainbow Valley, 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 road called the Sonoran Valley Parkway that would provide improved access for fire, police and emergency services and residential use.

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. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released on July 19, 2013. Two public meetings were conducted in August. Based on feedback, the agency is extending the comment period so that additional audiences may participate. Read about it at:

If approved, 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.

All comments must be postmarked, emailed, or hand delivered by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 20, 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

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 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Lower Sonoran Field Office   21605 North 7th Avenue      Phoenix, AZ 85027-2929  

Last updated: 09-04-2013