side 202 decision due this week
Doug Murphy, Staff Writer
Between 190 and 795 homes and businesses in Laveen and Estrella hang on where the South Mountain Citizens Advisory Team votes to recommend the Loop 202 be built Thursday night. The Citizens Advisory Team meets from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 27 at the Gila River Indian Community District 6 Center in Komatke, at 51st Avenue and St. Johnís Road.
The team will select a western route for the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 this week, and then take a break. In the fall the team will start looking at possible routes and designs for the eastern leg of the freeway, which currently is planned to go on Pecos Road. The teamís western recommendation for a route will be just that, a recommendation, and can be changed by Arizona Department of Transportation engineers.
western route, connecting with Interstate 10 near 55th Avenue, would take out
120 homes and 70 businesses. Another, going through Tolleson, would wipe out
almost twice as many homes and a dozen businesses, as well as cutting through
the tiny community. If Pecos Road is ultimately selected for the western freeway
route it would mean removing an estimated 255 homes.
Staff writer Doug Murphy can be reached at
(480) 898-7914 or email@example.com