Freeway causes concern for Pecos Road
second article continues a five-part series examining the debate over the
By Georgann Yara, Staff Writer
Jones remembers when she first moved into her home along a peaceful desert strip
called Pecos Road 13 years ago.
she can see and hear the morning and afternoon rush of cars on that four-lane
paved road from her second-story patio.
years from now, the last view she wants is a greater flood of vehicles speeding
along a freeway that used to be a calm, unrefined bit of desertscape.
was so quiet before. I can hear the traffic now, so I can only imagine what it
would be with the freeway," Jones said. She is one of many homeowners who
there are no definite plans to put the 23-mile South Mountain Freeway
practically in her back yard, what is for sure is Proposition 400, which would
provide funding for the
supports extending the freeway from Interstate 10, curving around Ahwatukee
Foothills and eventually connecting back to I-10 in Laveen.
she would rather see it built south of
added pollution and noisy traffic are among Jones' top concerns with the freeway
was bad enough when they widened it," she said.
if she would move should the freeway be built on
wants to live next to a freeway? It's unheard of to have people with money, nice
homes to live backed up against a freeway. Our property values will go down and
we all lose."
to South Mountain Loop Citizens Advisory Team member Rock Argabright, Jones is
not alone and said many residents are concerned about property values dropping.
He also agrees that
he cites studies that state truck traffic would be "minimal" on the
freeway with 90 percent of trucks stopping in downtown
is troubling is the projected number of passenger vehicles on I-10 going into
downtown. He cites an
have to move the cars... It's only going to get worse. We have to move more
people," he said.
spokesman Doug Nintzel said the federal environmental study currently under way
is examining traffic restrictions, delays, congestion and other consequences of
building the freeway, regardless of where it goes. He could not give specific
details because the location of the freeway has yet to be determined, but did
say it would be "a number of years" before construction were to begin.
Ronsman has lived in his home near
would provide easy access. It's logical. People can't keep it pristine," he
said, adding that many Valley drivers would benefit from the extension and those
who oppose it should consider the feelings of others.
need to think outside of the four walls, a little charity is needed."
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