The Explorer’s article on the I-11 public meeting on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation suffers from being an after-the-fact interview without being present at the meeting. Had your reporter been there he would have seen over 100 residents of the Avra Valley – from Picture Rocks, Three Points, Barrio Sapo, Old West Ranchettes, Avra Valley, etc. – in opposition to the Canamex Highway route being championed by Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. That 56-mile highway would end a peaceful way of life in the Avra Valley that has endured for thousands of years.
Had The Explorer actually covered the story, readers would know that an alternative raised by ADOT five years ago would save taxpayers nearly $2 billion. That alternative, deemed “technically feasible” by ADOT’s State Engineer, would double-deck just six miles of the existing I-10 at one-third the cost of a new highway.
Staying with the I-10 footprint will save jobs, keep traffic noise (and the illness it brings) out of the Avra Valley, protect wildlife and archaeology sites, keep Saguaro National Park, the Desert Museum, Kitt Peak, etc. attractive to tourists, and not force families out of their homes.
You owe it to your readers to report more than the “party line” of the I-11 planners.
Albert Lannon, Picture Rocks