202 link should be
In western Maricopa County, unlimited growth is scheduled and
unstoppable expansion projected. In the last three years, home and commercial
construction permits were approved in record numbers. West Valley cities are
surpassing the once unstoppable Southeast Valley. Planned growth west of the
I-10/101 interchange is mind-boggling.
Practical reasons of function should be the parameters in
which the 202 placement is predicated. By strategically linking west to east,
there would be positive impact on the negative traffic patterns already on the
I-10. Every West Valley resident, be it family or business, would see vast
improvement in I-10 traffic by placing the connection with the 202 freeway in
alignment with the 101 interchange.
Anyone living in Phoenix realizes that ADOT and politicians
are not quick responders to growth forecasts. Years ago, who would have thought
that 55th and 71st avenues would be considered a “central” location? These
proposals where ADOT’s original choices in 1988, almost 20 years ago. Old
forecasts have been outgrown. Connecting the freeways at either junctures would
defeat its purpose.
The I-10 is greatly used as a commercial trucking lane. The
further west we are able to funnel traffic flow to the proposed 202 freeway, the
better its purpose would be in traffic congestion relief. Additional benefits of
a safer and more efficient traffic flow would also be created in conjunction
while preparing for the onslaught of anticipated westward growth.