Government group Maricopa launches study to improve SR 347

Southbound traffic on 347, Tuesday afternoon

The Association of Maricopa Governments (MAG) has launched a “scoping study” to assess options for improving travel on National Route 347 between Maricopa and the valley and is asking the public for comment.

According to a MAG statement, “SR 347 is the most direct option for people traveling between the city of Maricopa and the Phoenix metro area. The corridor connects Interstate 10 to Peters and Nall Road. This is the main trade route through the town of Maricopa and provides access to the Wild Horse Pass development area and the Ak-Chin community entertainment district.

The scoping study seeks to identify ways to improve travel along the SR 347 Corridor and “provide direction and build consensus among stakeholders regarding the timely improvement of SR 347 between I-10 and Peters and Nall Road ”. MAG said the plan is the first step towards more detailed studies which would then allow the construction of the recommended improvements.

The objective of the scoping study is to develop a plan that would achieve the following objectives:

  • Guarantee the best possible travel times.
  • Improve security.
  • Take into account the environmental impacts.
  • Prepare for future growth.
  • Facilitate the use of the corridor for bicycles and pedestrians.
  • Support potential future buses or other transit options.
  • Respect the interests of landowners and other stakeholders.
  • Consider current and future land use in the vicinity of SR-347.

MAG invites the public to participate in the review of the draft report and associated appendices and public comments will be used to help shape the corridor improvements and to complete the planning and environmental study. Citizens can provide comments until January 7, 2022.

Comments on the draft report can be sent to MAG by email at [email protected]; by phone at 602-254-6300; or by US Mail, Attn: SR 347 Scoping Study, 302 N. 1st Ave., Suite 200, Phoenix, Arizona 85003.

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