PHOENIX – Imagine a road trip in 2030 on a super interstate highway that stretches from Arizona’s border with Mexico to the U.S.-Canada border in Montana. And it won’t be just a road on which you drive your car, but an economic investment to the communities through which is passes.
Ian Dowdy, director of the Sun Corridor program, said the institute wanted to put the time to research, develop, and team up with other groups to make the proposed transcontinental highway, CANAMEX, something that will not be outdated by the time it’s built.
“It’s a really important project and I don’t think people will appreciate it in the way that they should,” Dowdy said.
In 2012 Congress approved a transportation omnibus bill, MAP-21. It was intended to provide direction on transportation funding. MAP-21 provided funding for the planning and study of possible corridor routes for I-11, according to the Sonoran Institute’s website. However, it didn’t provide funding for the highway itself.