on Loop 202 is delayed
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 7, 2006 12:00 AM
Foothills will have to wait longer than the West Valley for word on whether the
South Mountain Freeway is going near their community, consultants said at the
South Mountain Citizens Advisory Team meeting Thursday.
A draft report expected this fall will identify the preferred alignment in the
West Valley. It will not, however, contain any conclusion on the proposed Pecos
Road route or possible routes on the Gila River Reservation, said Amy Edwards of
HDR, a consulting firm working with the Arizona Department of Transportation.
ADOT has proposed linking the freeway's western leg to Interstate 10 at 55th
Avenue, 71st Avenue or Loop 101. Cities and developers in the West Valley have
pressured ADOT to pick a route so they can proceed with development.
Though some no-build advocates worried that a west- side vote would push
planners toward building the freeway, most on the advisory group said they
needed to choose a western route so that the vast affected region there could
"Right now we're holding people hostage on the west side," team member
Steve Boschen said.