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North-South Corridor Study (NSCS), US 60 to Arizona Farms Road (Segment 1)

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in cooperation with Pinal County, will be preparing the North-South Corridor (NSCS) Design Concept Report (DCR) Tier 2 Environmental Study, from US 60 to Arizona Farms Road (Segment 1), known as NSCS Segment 1.

The study team will further evaluate the NSCS Segment 1 to identify a preferred North-South alternative, which would include the alignment, interchange locations and other design features, and evaluate associated environmental impacts and mitigation.

Learn more about the study process by reviewing our self-guided, online presentation and materials and provide your comments!


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Study Overview

Study Area:

The North-South Segment 1 study area extends from US 60 to Arizona Farms Road and makes up approximately 20 miles of the full North-South corridor.

ADOT will also be preparing a separate Tier 2 study for the segment of the North-South corridor between Arizona Farms Road and I-10.

Study Goals:

The goals of this study are to:

  • Identify alternatives for narrowing the corridor segment, from a 1,500-foot corridor to a proposed 400-foot freeway alignment
  • Identify proposed interchange locations and develop interchange design concepts
  • Develop a Tier 2 Environmental Study and DCR
  • Determine a Preferred Alternative

Study Purpose and Need:

The North-South Corridor Study – Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement / Design Concept Report identified the following purpose and need for the North-South corridor.

A continuous, access-controlled north-to-south transportation corridor would:

  • Improve access to future activity centers
  • Improve regional mobility
  • Improve north-to-south connectivity
  • Integrate the region’s transportation network
  • Address existing and future population and employment growth
  • Provide an alternative to avoid congestion on I-10

This study will further refine this purpose and need.

Corridor Features

Existing features along the study corridor:

  • The study corridor has only three east-west roadways along Segment 1:
    • Skyline Drive
    • Judd Road
    • Arizona Farms Road
  • The proposed corridor crosses Queen Creek, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal, and the Magma Arizona Railroad.
  • Existing development is located in the north near US 60 and in the south between Skyline Drive and Baseline Road.
Segment 1 map highlighting the proposed corridor and areas with existing development.

Land Ownership Along Segment 1

  • The majority of land ownership in Segment 1 is State Trust Land owned by the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD).
  • This area has a high likelihood of future development as ASLD has already sold portions of the land west of the CAP canal and near US 60.
Alt text for this should say: Segment 1 map highlighting the land use within and around the study area which is primarily Arizona State Trust Land.

Future and Planned Roadway Network

  • The map to the right highlights the future planned arterial street network (represented by the green lines) from Pinal County.
  • The long-range plan is to extend several of the streets to the east to connect to US 60 or SR 79.
  • This study will coordinate with the project partners including Pinal County, City of Apache Junction, and Town of Florence, to understand their planning efforts and long-range plan for the street network to assess opportunities for access to the new North-South facility.
Alt text for this should say: Map highlighting the future and planned arterial network determined by Pinal County withing Segment 1.

Potential Interchange Connections

As a part of the NSCS Segment 1, a 400-foot North-South freeway alignment, interchange locations and other key design features will be identified.

Potential Interchange Locations

The North-South Corridor Study – Tier 1 EIS/DCR listed the following potential interchange locations based on the future roadway network (shown on map):

  • Elliot Road
  • SR 24
  • Ocotillo Road
  • Riggs/Combs Road
  • Skyline Drive
  • Bella Vista Road
  • Arizona Farms Road

As mentioned above, the potential interchange locations will be further evaluated in this study.

Corridor map highlighting Segment 1 of the corridor from US 60 to Arizona Farms Road and all potential interchange locations which includes: Elliot Road, SR 24, Ocotillo Road, Riggs/Combs Road, Skyline Drive, Bella Vista Road and Arizona Farms Road

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Public Meetings

In-Person Public Meetings:

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Poston Butte High School
  • 32375 N Gantzel Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85143

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center (MGC)
  • 1035 N Idaho Rd., Apache Junction, AZ 85119

Virtual Public Meetings:

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | 6 - 7 p.m.


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How to Comment

Share your thoughts anytime from August 28, 2023 to September 27, 2023.

Study Resources and Information

Most Frequent Documents/Resources

Public Meeting Materials

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Public Meeting Presentation

The public meeting presentation for the September 2023 public meetings (English and Spanish).

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Frequently Asked Questions related to the study (English and Spanish).

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Public Meeting Notices

All public meeting notices for the September 2023 public meetings (English and Spanish).

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Final PI Summary

Technical Resources

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Study Area Roll Plots
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Tier 1 Final EIS/ROD

This Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision documents the potential effects associated with the proposed action corridor alternatives, which identify a new approximately 50-mile-long freeway between US 60 in Apache Junction and I-10 near Eloy and Picacho in Pinal County, Arizona.

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Stay Informed

Thank you for your interest in the NSCS Segment 1. We appreciate your participation and input on this critical connection within the region.

E-mail Address:



ADOT NSCS Segment 1 c/o HDR, Inc.
20 E. Thomas Rd., Suite 2500
Phoenix, AZ 85012

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