Burea of Land Management News: BLM releases final Environmental Impact Statement for proposed Sonoran Valley Parkway

Proposed parkway furthers Administration priorities of modernizing infrastructure, supporting economic development and job growth, and increasing access to recreational opportunities on public lands

PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the potential impacts of the proposed Sonoran Valley Parkway in Maricopa County.  The project, proposed by the City of Goodyear, would modernize and expand local transportation infrastructure, support economic and job growth, and facilitate emergency services in the fastest growing county in the nation.

“The proposed parkway is an infrastructure improvement that would increase access to public services for the surrounding communities, significantly decreasing emergency service travel distance from approximately 60 miles to 18 miles,” said BLM Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas.  “This project falls right in line with my commitment to work closely with the communities that we serve to improve their quality of life.”

The BLM worked with other federal agencies, state, local and tribal cooperators to develop a range of alternatives in a Draft EIS.  Based on analysis and public input from the Draft EIS, the BLM has developed a Final EIS that evaluates the identified BLM-preferred alternative.  The Final EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of a proposed 250-foot wide right-of-way for a two-lane parkway, with potential for future expansion to four or six lanes, for the construction, operation and maintenance of the parkway.  Expansion beyond a two-lane parkway would require further authorizations from the BLM and would be subject to additional environmental review.

The Final EIS is available on the BLM ePlanning website at https://go.usa.gov/xP9zF.  Copies are available at the BLM Phoenix District Office, Avondale Civic Center Library, Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, Goodyear Branch Library and Maricopa Public Library.