Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House passed the Conference Report for H.R. 22: Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 which included the Congressman’s Intermountain West Corridor Development Act, H.R. 1612:
“Arizonans throughout the state should be proud that the U.S. southwestern region continues to be one of the fastest growing areas for economic development in the entire country. However, this rapid growth of industry requires an updated infrastructure system to accommodate the increasing volume of transportation. For this reason, I have continued to lead the charge on I-11.
“Extending I-11 and allowing it to become the main transportation corridor in the West will be an economic boon for our communities, creating jobs, allowing for an easier flow of goods and services and authorizing the construction of much needed infrastructure. America has some significant transportation challenges. Getting I-11 built is just commonsense and the associated economic benefits will help future Arizona generations indefinitely.”
The Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015 extends the future I-11 beyond the Phoenix – Las Vegas region to connect shipping ports in Southern Arizona through Northern Nevada to existing major interstate networks in the Northwest. . The full text of the bill can be found HERE.
The MAP-21 Surface Transportation Authorization Act officially designated an Interstate route connecting Phoenix and Las Vegas – the largest metropolitan areas in the nation that are not connected via interstate. Click HERE to read more about this effort.
As Co-Chair of the I-11 Caucus, Congressman Gosar was instrumental in passing the initial I-11 authorization and the extension included in the FAST Act.
Congressman Gosar’s legislation is cosponsored by Representatives Mark Amodei, Trent Franks, Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, Cresent Hardy, Joe Heck, Ann Kirkpatrick, Martha McSally, Kyrsten Sinema and Dina Titus.
The Senate companion, S 842, of this legislation is sponsored by Senators Flake, Heller, McCain and Reid.
H.R. 1612 is endorsed by the Arizona Department of Transportation and Nevada Department of Transportation.