Dr. Gosar founded the Congressional Interstate 11 (I-11) Caucus in April 2013 and currently Co-Chairs the caucus with Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV). This bipartisan Congressional Member Organization is dedicated to resolving issues associated with the planning and implementation of the future I-11 Corridor and moving this important project forward.
Dr. Gosar played a critical role in ensuring that authorizing language for designating I-11 was included in H.R. 4348, the transportation bill passed by Congress in the 112th Congress. Inclusion of this provision and passage of this legislation was the first major step for the long-term plan to connect Phoenix and Las Vegas via the Interstate Highway System. These two cities are the only metropolitan areas with more than one million people that are not connected by an interstate highway. I-11 will improve the overall quality of life of Arizona residents by increasing commerce and public safety, reducing pollution and travel time, easing congestion and generating billions of dollars for our economy.
Dr. Gosar introduced H.R. 1612, the Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015. This important legislation was signed into law in December 2015 after being included in H.R. 22, the major transportation bill passed by Congress in the 114th Congress. Paul’s bill allows for the extension of the future I-11 corridor in order to connect more communities in Arizona to major interstate systems in the west and northwestern United States. H.R. 1612 will allow I-11 to become the main transportation corridor, creating jobs and providing a major boost to Arizona’s economy in the process. The November 2014 Corridor Concept Report estimates that I-11 and the Intermountain West Corridor will generate $22 billion for our economy and create at least 240,000 permanent jobs.