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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
- Online: bit.ly/NST2_EN
- Phone: +1-408-418-9388
- Meeting number (access code): 2489 285 8535
- Webinar password: NST2 (6782 from phones)
- Recording: https://bit.ly/NorthSouth-mtg
- Recording password: NorthSouth1
Spanish Audio Channel:
Interactive Comment Map
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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
Public Meeting Presentation
The public meeting presentation for the September 2023 public meetings (English and Spanish).
Frequently Asked Questions related to the study (English and Spanish).
Public Meeting Notices
All public meeting notices for the September 2023 public meetings (English and Spanish).
Study Area Roll Plots
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.
Thank you for your interest in the NSCS Segment 1. We appreciate your participation and input on this critical connection within the region.