Alternative A – Approximately 15.72 miles long, starts at Riggs Road heading south for approximately 2.5 miles along Rainbow Valley Road to Komatke, then southwest paralleling the Sonoran Desert National Monument boundary for 10.4 miles to intersect in Mobile at SR 238.
Alternative C – Approximately 18.2 miles long, starts at Riggs Road heading south for approximately 1.8 miles along Rainbow Valley Road before turning directly east along Patterson Road for 4 miles, then proceeds south on Bullard Avenue for 3 miles before turning east-southeast for 5.36 miles to intersect in Mobile at SR 238.
Alternative H – Approximately 18.3 miles long, starts at Riggs Road heading south for approximately 1.8 miles along Rainbow Valley Road before turning directly east along Patterson Road for approximately 5 miles, before turning directly south along Litchfield Road to the Sonoran Desert National Monument boundary and turning east-southeast for approximately 10 miles to intersect in Mobile at SR 238.
Sub-Alternatives F and G – Approximately 3.2 and 2.4 miles long, respectively. These were developed to avoid a historic homestead site near the proposed alignment in Mobile at SR 238.
The Parkway Concept
The parkway is a road concept that is identified in regional transportation planning documents to meet the need for non-freeway roads. Benefits of parkways include:
- Greater travel capacity
- Fewer curves and turns
- Faster speeds
- Widely spaced traffic interchanges and turn lanes
- Less traffic conflict and increased road safety
- May be designed to accommodate future transportation connections
Where are we now in the Process?
- Goodyear and its contractors have gathered resource data.
- BLM and its cooperating agencies have reviewed the alternative parkway alignments.
- BLM and its contractors are preparing the Draft EIS for public review.
- Internal BLM and cooperating agency review of the Draft EIS.
- Publication of the Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS in the spring of 2013.
- Following the Draft EIS publication there will be a 45-day comment period where the public has the opportunity to provide input for BLM consideration.
- Publication of the Final EIS in late summer 2013.
- Record of Decision issued in late summer 2013.
To Learn More
Kathleen Depukat, BLM Project Manager
BLM Phoenix District Office
21605 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027