houses set on 2nd freeway
Preliminary work could speed up Reliever Project
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 15, 2006 12:00 AM
Transportation planners will hold two meetings
this month on a proposed second freeway in the Southwest Valley to relieve
congestion on Interstate 10.
The I-10 Reliever Project, also known as Arizona 801, will be the topic of open
houses in Tolleson and Avondale.
The meetings mark a continuing effort to get the project launched, said Ian
Satter, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Similar "scoping" sessions were held
last fall in Goodyear and Tolleson, Satter said.
The proposed reliever is a separate project from ongoing efforts by Southwest
Valley leaders to get I-10 widened, Satter added.
At issue in the reliever plan are proposed freeway improvements under
Proposition 400, the 2006-26 Regional Transportation Plan that Valley voters
approved in November 2004.
The reliever is identified in the plan as SR 801.
Construction isn't expected to start until 2021, but completion of the
preliminary work will clear the way for the leaders, should they so desire, to
try to advance the freeway timetable.
Leaders view the proposed reliever as a solution to congestion for commuters. It
would take many cars, and far more trucks, off I-10.
Starting from the west, it would route them from a future length of Loop 303,
south of I-10, and then east to 51st Avenue, a 17-mile stretch of road.
There, the proposed six-lane reliever is expected to hook up with the future
Loop 202 that is proposed for a route south of South Mountain, providing a link
between the Southeast and the Southwest Valley.
It's one of several proposed projects to improve traffic flows in the West