New virtual tour of South Mountain Freeway is online now
March 16, 2017
Bridge foundations for South Mountain Freeway start to take shape in Ahwatukee and Laveen
As the Loop South Mountain Freeway moves toward completion in late 2019, a new flyover animation reflects updated plans for the 22-mile-long corridor. The updated video can be found on the Resources page.
February 15, 2017
Crews from Connect 202 Partners, developer of the South Mountain Freeway project are constructing foundations for bridges at future Loop 202 interchanges with 17th Avenue, 24th Street and 40th Street along the freeway segment following Pecos Road and where the freeway will cross the Salt River south of Broadway Road in Laveen. For more information, see the official media release
Freeway Work Continues As 9th Circuit Denies Another Legal Challenge
January 17, 2017
The order, released Friday, means work can proceed on the South Mountain Freeway while an appeal by freeway opponents is pending before the 9th Circuit in San Francisco. It’s the fifth time courts have rejected attempts to halt construction of this long-planned link between the East Valley and West Valley. For more information, see the official media release
Start of mainline construction is set to begin in early 2017
December 22, 2016
Construction scheduled to start early next year on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway may not be as visual as the 22 miles of uninterrupted asphalt to come, but each task lays a foundation for completing this link between the West Valley and East Valley by the end of 2019. For more information, see the official media release. Ninth Circuit Ruling Means South Mountain Freeway Will Continue November 22, 2016
Native Plants Being Relocated from South Mountain Freeway Path
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request by Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway opponents for an emergency injunction pending appeal, a ruling that keeps the Arizona Department of Transportation project on track to begin construction of the mainline freeway early next year. For more information, see the official media release.
October 31, 2016
Crews have started removing native vegetation, including saguaros and palo verde trees, in the 22-mile corridor so it can be cared for during construction and eventually replanted alongside the freeway. For more information, see the official media release.
ADOT, Federal Highway Administration prevail in South Mountain Freeway lawsuit, Construction of Freeway Will Begin in Early September
August 19, 2016
Construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway is scheduled to begin in early September after the U.S. District Court in Phoenix dismissed legal challenges and ruled that the Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration completed all steps required to move forward. For more information, see the official media release.
Structures Acquired for South Mountain Freeway Provide Invaluable Training
August 11, 2016
In advance of freeway construction, ADOT has continued a tradition of working with first responders to provide real-world training opportunities using the controlled environment of vacant structures. Since last year, more than a dozen agencies have been able to train scores of personnel. For more information, see the official media release or ADOT Blog.
Portions of Pecos Road and 59th Avenue Now Part of ADOT Highway System
August 2, 2016
With construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway scheduled to begin later this summer, several city of Phoenix roadways along the 22-mile corridor are now officially part of the state highway system. For more information, see the official media release.
Temporary Fencing Installed as Preliminary Engineering Activities Continue July 8, 2016
Following the removal of properties in the Goldman Ranch neighborhood, ADOT chose to temporarily retain the masonry walls enclosing the neighborhood for security, safety, and aesthetic reasons. On June 20, ADOT began the removal process on the wall south of the neighborhood in preparation for construction of the South Mountain Freeway.
The week of July 11, ADOT will begin removing the wall along Liberty Lane that faces Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary and Akimel A-al Middle Schools. Completing this work during the summer months while school is on summer recess will ensure students walking to and from school are not affected by the removal process.
Once this wall is removed, temporary fencing will be installed. The temporary fencing will provide greater security than the existing wall and temporary road closure, as it will prevent individuals from accessing the ADOT property.