US House bill would designate entire I-11 route as priority

US House bill would designate entire I-11 route as priority

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) – Legislation pending in Congress could give the proposed new Interstate 11 a boost.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that a transportation bill approved recently by the U.S. House would designate the entire proposed route of I-11 as a high-priority corridor.

The portion of I-11 between Las Vegas, Nevada, and Wickenburg, Arizona, already has that designation, but the bill would extend the designation south to the U.S.-Mexico border and north to Reno, Nevada.

No funding is set aside for I-11, but Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona said the expanded designation of the route makes it eligible for federal resources.

Another provision would provide $4.5 billion a year to expanding the national freight network’s capacity and reducing congestion.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is studying the project’s environmental impact.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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