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Bill approved by US House would designate entire route of proposed Interstate 11 as priority


CASA GRANDE, Arizona — Legislation pending in Congress could give the proposed new Interstate 11 a boost.

The Casa Grande Dispatch (http://goo.gl/FZPdyd ) 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.

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