advisory team to propose West Valley route
By Doug Murphy
The South Mountain Loop 202 Citizens Advisory Team
meets next week to review technical reports in preparation for making a
recommendation on a West Valley location for the proposed freeway.
The team meets from 5:30 9 p.m. Jan. 5 at the
Learning Center Hall in the Komatke Community Center at 51st Avenue and St.
The team was formed to help advise the Arizona
Department of Transportation on updating the 1988 route for the Loop 202 South
In the next month the team will be asked to recommend
one out of the five possible routes in the west from roughly the western edge of
South Mountain Park to Interstate 10, between 51st Avenue and Loop 101.
ADOT wants to narrow the number of possible freeway
routes down to one to eliminate uncertainty for developers and homeowners.
Depending on which route is recommended, between 120 and 780 homes and lots
could be condemned.
In Ahwatukee Foothills, the only identified route for
the freeway's eastern leg is the 1988 plan on Pecos Road. Depending on if the
highway is built at ground level or below ground, between 255 and 659 homes
could be demolished. A decision on where to build in the Ahwatukee Foothills
area won't be decided until the end of 2006 or early in 2007.
When constructed, the freeway will connect I-10 near
Ahwatukee Foothills to I-10 in the West Valley.
The advisory team is made up of residents from all the
communities affected by the freeway from Avondale to Ahwatukee Foothills.
The reporter can be reached at (480)
898-7914 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.