Freeway alignment options down to 3
South Mountain Freeway would link up Loop 202 on the southern end of the Valley,
eventually taking the roadway along the edge of its namesake to link up with
Interstate 10 (in two of the possible alignments) or Loop 101 at I-10 (the third
Arizona Department of Transportation hosted an open house Tuesday in Avondale on
the possible alignments.
three choices are 55th Avenue in Phoenix, 71st Avenue in Phoenix and 99th
Avenue, roughly along the border of Tolleson and Avondale. The choices have been
narrowed down from more than 30 options that have been discussed over the years.
unveiled large aerial photographs of the respective areas, with colored film
overlaying the photos to show the potential alignments of the roadway.
for a South Mountain Freeway has been in the works for 20 years. The freeway’s
first phase is expected to include three lanes of traffic in each direction,
said Amy Edwards, a private consultant on the project.
is expected to begin sometime in 2009, with completion in 2015, ADOT spokesman
Matt Burdick said.
15 years after the initial phase is completed, transportation planners expect
two more lanes to be added in each direction, Edwards said.
2030, we see the demand will be there for five lanes of traffic in each
direction, including one HOV lane in each direction,” Edwards said.
of the project hasn’t been estimated yet, because it will depend in great part
on acquisition of rights of way, which won’t begin until a final decision is
made on the alignment, Burdick said.
of the alignment will include myriad factors, with one being the disruption to
households and businesses in the path of the freeway, Burdick said.
Loop 101 alignment would require razing somewhere between 240 and 530 houses and
10 to 15 businesses, charts at the open house showed; the 71st Avenue alignment
would take out around 780 houses and 15 businesses; and the 55th Avenue route
would require razing 120 houses and 78 businesses.
on the proposed alignments is available at the Web site