A.D.O.T. began demolition for the Loop 202 S. Mountain Freeway Thursday a.m. by tearing down the first of many
homes in the freeways path.
Workcrews started with a house on 26th St. in Ahwatukee about 7:00 o’clock this morning and the house was complete ruble in about an hour .
A.D.O.T. plans to take down dozens of homes in the Ahwatukke Area over the next few weeks. Loop 202 construction is planed to begin next summer.
Where is this LOOP 202?
The South Mountain Freeway will run from the I-10 at Pecos and head west to about 59th Ave and head north to re-connect to I-10 in the west valley. It will slide along the southern edge of South Mountain Park. Total length is expected to be about 22 miles.
State and federal transportation agencies say the freeway is vital to preventing gridlock on the Valley’s highway system, particularly on the congested part of Interstate 10 that runs through Tempe known as the Broadway Curve. The freeway is envisioned as a relief route for I-10 that would carry workers from the West Valley to jobs in the southeast Valley.
Has there been any Opposition to the building of LOOP 202?
We have had a few people try and block this construction, but all of that has been resolved. Opponents are worried about the environmental impact of bringing thousands of vehicles and trucks through their neighborhoods around South Mountain Park. They also raise concerns over health risks for children at 17 schools within a half-mile of the proposed alignment. Many are upset the construction will disturb South Mountain Park as parts of the mountains are leveled. A lawsuit seeking to halt the South Mountain Freeway is currently working its way through U.S. District Court.
Where will we be able to enter and exit LOOP 202?
The following inter changes are planned along the South Mountain Freeway: One at Van Buren St, Buckeye Rd, Lower Buckeye Rd, Broadway Rd, Southern Ave, Baseline Rd, Dobbins Rd, Elliot Rd, 51st Ave, 17th Ave, Desert Foothills Pkwy, 24th St and 40th St.
Personally I think this is a good thing. I feel for the people that live in the area and were unaware that a freeway was being built in there backyard. This freeway system was voted into place back in 1985 Proposition 300. A 30 year 1/2 cent sales tax. In 2004, the voters agreed to another 1/2 sales tax for 20 years. EVERYBODY in the Phoenix Metro area knew that construction on South Mountain Loop 202 was coming. Excuses why it shouldn’t be built were weak at best.
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Here are a few homes close to the freeway system.