South Mtn. Freeway impact to be weighed
Water, crime and the impact on biology if a freeway were built will be discussed at the South Mountain Citizens Advisory Team meeting tonight.
The team will look at the extent to which drinking water, rivers, wells, streams and washes might be affected by the construction of the South Mountain (202) Freeway, said Matt Burdick, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The meeting will be from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Komatke Center in the Gila River Indian Community. It is off 51st Avenue and on St. John's Road.
If a freeway were built along Pecos Road in Ahwatukee Foothills, wells serving the Lakewood community might need to be relocated. The wells supply the two lakes in the community, said Ron Chohamin, vice president of the Lakewood Community Association.
Issues associated with biological and wildlife maintenance also will be addressed.
ADOT has considered cutting through a section of South Mountain Park/Preserve to build the freeway. The group will discuss ways to lessen negative effects of the freeway.
A representative from the Phoenix Police Department will talk about crime that might follow the construction of a freeway.