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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2013

Contact:
Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer          

Office:  623-882-7053; michael.sakal@goodyearaz.gov

Goodyear public input for Sonoran Parkway Environmental Impact Statement Extended through September 20th

 

       Bureau of Land Management of Arizona Extends Comment Period for proposed Parkway

 

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: www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/lands___realty/svpp-eis.html

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 BLM_AZ_SVPP@blm.gov.

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.

For more information, contact:

BLM Media Contact:  Pamela Mathis (623) 580-5509

BLM Project Contact: Kathleen Depukat (623) 580-5681 

- BLM -

The BLM manages more land – 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

 

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