FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kelly Taft, Communications Manager
(602) 452-5020 (w) or (602) 615-2086 (c)
Linking Land Use and Transportation:
Providing a Framework for the Hidden Valley’s Transportation Needs
(PHOENIX) – The public is invited to participate in a series of community workshops to discuss how the Hidden Valley region in southwestern Maricopa County and western Pinal County can best accommodate future transportation needs. These workshops will look at how to provide mobility in an area undergoing rapid growth and development. The planning area encompasses more than 3,000 square miles, including several cities and towns, two Native American Indian communities, five wilderness areas, and the Sonoran Desert National Monument.
The study purpose is to explore, evaluate and recommend high-capacity transportation corridors to preserve the functions of Interstates 8 and 10, and to ensure interconnected roadway and transit systems that can meet long-range travel demand. The planning timeframes are 2030 and (post-2050) buildout.
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County, Pinal County, Buckeye, Goodyear and Maricopa, is nearing the end of the Interstates 8 and10 Hidden Valley Transportation Framework Study. The three public workshops will present the recommended Transportation Framework (Roadways and Transit) to address the projected growth.
All events will start at 6:00 p.m. with a presentation at 6:15 p.m. The dates and locations are:
February 9, 2009 Dorothy Powell Senior Center
405 E. Sixth Street, Casa Grande
February 10, 2009 Mobile Elementary School – Multipurpose Room
42798 S. 99th Avenue, Maricopa/Goodyear
February 11, 2009 Global Water Conference Center
22590 N. Powers Parkway, Maricopa
The MAG project team will provide an overview of the Draft Transportation Framework and study recommendations. Representatives from the study will be available to answer questions. Public comments will be encouraged. Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to discuss informally the draft recommendations and how they address future growth issues in this dynamic region. For more information, please contact Bob Hazlett, MAG project manager, at (602) 254-6300. To arrange for media coverage, please contact Kelly Taft, MAG communications manager, (602) 452-5020.
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