The Arizona Republic
Jan. 21, 2005 12:00 AM
They are 40th, 32nd and 24th streets, Desert Foothills Parkway and the vicinity of 17th and 25th avenues.
"This is strictly looking at Pecos Road," said Matt Burdick, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation. "There could be different connections if it were in the Gila River Indian Community."
The Arizona Department of Transportation is beginning to release tidbits
of information about Loop 202, the South Mountain Freeway, in Ahwatukee
Foothills after complaints and queries from residents who believed they were
not being informed about the process.
Last week, Burdick addressed the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce.
A representative from ADOT was scheduled to speak with the Kyrene Los Lagos Parent Teacher Organization on Thursday night. On Monday, Burdick will attend the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee. A talk with a Lions Club is also on the schedule Feb. 16.
"We're basically giving people an update," said Burdick, who added that the suggested streets are the result of consulting with the Gila River Indian Community and Phoenix.
The South Mountain Advisory Team, which consists of representatives from the Gila River Indian Community, the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, and leaders from communities that would be affected by the freeway, has focused on freeway routes in the West Valley.
"They are doing stuff behind our backs and it seems like they aren't doing anything about our community," said Rock Argabright, a member of the advisory team and a past chairman of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce. "We should talk and know what's going on in some shape or form. It keeps looking like we're going to get the short end of the stick."
The freeway south of South Mountain has been under discussion for 20 years, and no date has been set for its construction.
So far, three routes have been discussed for the West Valley, marking progress in the placement of the freeway in that area .
In that time, the Pecos Road route has been the only concrete option presented for Ahwatukee Foothills. Homes, businesses and public facilities could be bulldozed to make way for a freeway in that area.
An environmental impact study and talks with the Gila River Indian Community are under way to determine whether the freeway will be built south of Pecos Road. But the results of the study will not be released until 2007, Burdick said.
Formal public hearings on proposed routes will be held in early 2006.