A scenic drive on scenic Highway 83

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Below is a gallery of images taken on Friday morning on Highway 83.  If the Rosemont Mine were to become a reality, commuters, school buses, tourists and other travelers on Hwy. 83 would experience this with much greater frequency.

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3 Responses to A scenic drive on scenic Highway 83

  1. MARTIN SOPER says:

    I HAVE DRIVEN HWY 83 AND IT CERTAINLY IS NOT A HEAVY HAULAGE ROUTE . I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IT WAS DESIGNED AS SUCH . THE WEIGHT LIMITS FOR WHICH THE ROAD WAS CONSTRUCTED WILL BE COMPROMISED BY THE TRANSPORT OF HEAVY CONCENTRATES FROM THE PROPOSED ROSEMONT MINE SITE . THIS WILL LEAD TO A RAPID DETERIORATION OF THE TARMAC SURFACE RESULTING IN ” WASHBOARD & POTHOLE ” CONDITION . THE COST OF MAINTAINING THE ROAD WILL INCREASE AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERY TAXPAYER . ROSEMONT WOULD BE CREATING A TAX BURDEN IF THE MINE GOES INTO PRODUCTION . A COMPROMISED HWY 83 WILL PUT ALL USERS AT RISK . TRUCKS HAULING CONCENTRATE SHOULD NOT BE MIXED WITH GENERAL TRAFFIC WHERE THERE IS LIMITED PASSING ON A NARROW , WINDING ROADWAY WITH VERY LITTLE SHOULDER . THE VORTEX CREATED BY HEAVY TRUCKS WILL BE A MAJOR SAFETY FACTOR . SHOULD THIS PROJECT GO AHEAD THEN IT WILL BE ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE A TRAGEDY OCCURS .

  2. Doc H. says:

    If Rosemont’s estimates of project related vehicle traffic are even close to realistic that translates to a Rosemont vehicle, mostly ore haulers, traveling every 10-14 minutes up and down the highway. One of the hidden impacts will be the pressure from non project related travelers to pass these vehicles. Noticing how impatient most travelers have become, and really, who is going to stay behind one of those rock and dust leaking vehicles, there is no doubt this will create even more hazardous driving conditions then have been previously stated. One step further, who will pay for the increase in needed police and EMS calls that will happen because of these unforeseen and unmentioned impacts.

  3. gerald linderman says:

    increased traffic on rt 83 [as a result of Rosemont Mine trucking] will hamper medical vehicles from Sonoita, Patagonia and Elgin reaching Tucson hospitals on a timely basis.
    medical vehicles providing aid and comfort to accident victims on rt 83 will be slowed to the point that there will be unnecessary deaths. Gerald Linderman. Sonoita AZ