in the fast lane
S. Mountain Freeway foes grow
larger, louder vs. proposed path
ADOT wants to have a
draft report on the freeway by fall 2006. It can expect much more input from the
Ahwatukee community in the new year.
Dec. 31, 2005
The South Mountain Freeway zoomed to the
top of the headlines in 2005, sparking debate across the Valley and galvanizing
opposition in Ahwatukee Foothills.
After two decades of debate and doubt over the project's future, the Arizona
Department of Transportation released in October the most detailed look yet at
the proposed $1 billion freeway's path through the West Valley, South Mountain
Park and Ahwatukee. The maps - a series of aerial photographs so detailed
viewers could see the individual homes in the proposed freeway's alignment -
made more real a plan that has been hotly debated in Ahwatukee for years.
A November open house hosted by ADOT at the Grace Inn drew 2,100 people, more
than four times the combined attendance of two previous West Valley meetings.
Most were against the freeway and its possible effects on Ahwatukee, where 255
to 685 homes could be lost depending on where and how the road is built. Citizen
groups have formed in protest to the 22- to 26-mile stretch of Loop 202.
- Corinne Purtill