Support Akimel O’odham Youth! Protest ADOT’s 5-year Transportation Plan!

Contact: Akimel O’odham Youth Collective
Email: akimeloodhamyc@gmail.com
Phone: 520-350-0603

Come voice your opposition to the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 freeway extension during the Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) Tentative Five-Year Construction program public comment period.

Due to dramatic funding challenges, ADOT is hosting public hearings across the state to address budgeting shortfalls. ADOT has determined that $350 million must be cut due to stagnant revenue from the gas and vehicle license.

As a result, ADOT has been forced to scale back its Five-Year Construction Plan for all existing highways and proposed highway projects like the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 freeway. ADOT has asked the public for their feedback regarding the course of action they should take regarding the future of transportation projects in Arizona. Over the next five years, there will be less money available for the preservation and expansion of the system statewide. This is the first Five-Year Program reflecting such a dramatic funding shift.

There are three scenarios that are being considered for implementation, and all three scenarios are available for public comment:

Scenario A- Focus on Preservation: This scenario focuses the most investment on keeping the existing highway system in good repair with the least investment in programmed major projects in greater Arizona. There would be 81 preservation projects from 2014 to 2016, 39 bridge projects, one major project and 690 miles of pavement projects. An average of $184 million per year in preservation from 2014 through 2018 would be allocated. Arizona’s interstate system is projected to fall below current standards for pavement quality in 2031 with this scenario.

Scenario B- Focus on Programmed Major Projects: This scenario focuses the most investment on major projects that are programmed in greater Arizona with the lowest investment in keeping existing highways in good repair through preservation. There would be nine major projects from 2014 to 2017. From 2014 to 2016, there would be 25 bridge projects and 458 miles of pavement projects. An average of $142 million per year in preservation from 2014 to 2018 would be allocated. Arizona’s interstate system is projected to fall below current standardsfor pavement quality in 2017 with this scenario.

Scenario C- Combination of Preservation and Major Projects: This scenario focuses on some investment in major projects that are programmed in greater Arizona with less investment in keeping existing highways in good repair. There would be four major projects from 2014 to 2017, 39 bridge projects from 2014 to 2018 and 524 miles of pavement projects. An average of $149 million per year inpreservation from 2014 to 2018 would be allocated. Arizona’s interstate system is projected to fall below current standards for pavement quality in 2021 with this scenario.

We are calling for all who oppose this freeway to stand with us in solidarity outside the locations of all public hearings and demand that all proposed highway projects be stopped, like the South Mountain Loop 202 extension.

We are calling for supporters to leave public comment against the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 freeway by voicing to ADOT they should implement Scenario A, which mandates ADOT to not allocate state fundingon new road highway projects like the South Mountain Loop 202 extension.

We are calling for supporters to demand that the NO BUILD option regarding the Loop 202 be chosen due to the level of desecration andnegative environmental and health impacts it would bring to the Gila River Indian Community.

We are calling for supporters to demand that ADOT begin to respect and address all concerns voiced by Gila River Indian Community, and by all O’odham, who are negatively affected by proposed South Mountain Loop 202 freeway project.

Please stand with us to save South Mountain and to protect the health and environment of the Gila River Indian Community!Dates and times of ADOT public hearings:

April 12, 2013
9AM– RALLY STARTS AT 8AM
Pascua Yaqui Justice Center-Albert V. Garcia Auditorium
7777 South Camino Huivism
Building C
Tucson, AZ 85757

May 10, 2013
9AM– RALLY STARTS AT 8AM
City of Flagstaff Council Chambers
211 West Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

The State Transportation Board is expected to adopt the 2014-2018 Five-Year Program at its June 14 meeting in Pinetop-Lakeside.
Location To Be Announce

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