Mountain Freeway decision: 2 years is too long
While itís admirable that our public officials
finally have made a decision to make a decision ó two years from now ó more
reasonable people might wonder what fantasy world theyíre living in (or
driving in). As we already sit in a freeway morass that only gets worse with
each passing day and each new home that is sold, our leaders continue to pave
the West Valley only with promises and plans to make plans to improve the
Címon, folks ó we donít need a decision two years
from now, we needed a decision two years ago (or more).
Someone needs to take the reins either at the state
Legislature, the Maricopa Association of Governments or at ADOT and start
hacking away at the red tape so these freeway projects can get moved up.
Not only does the state need to expedite the highway
improvements that are already in the works for Interstate 10 west of Dysart
Road, Loop 303, the South Mountain Freeway and the I-10 Reliever, someone needs
to start planning Loop 404 and Loop 505 today, not 20 years after those highways
should have been built.
Regardless of which alignment option
is ultimately chosen, hundreds of homeowners and businesses will be displaced to
make room for the new highway. Ahwatukee residents are already up in arms
because the freeway would connect with I-10 through that development. The longer
the decision is delayed, the more homes and businesses will be built in the path
of the freeway and the more people will be forced out of their homes and
businesses. Delaying the decision merely exacerbates the problem.