Phoenix Metro Area Projects

Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

South Mountain Freeway

Project Update

On Friday, February 26, 2016, the Arizona Department of Transportation finalized the public-private partnership agreement with Connect 202 Partners to deliver the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway three years sooner and at a cost savings topping $100 million. The 22-mile freeway, expected to open by late 2019, will provide a long-planned direct link between the East Valley and West Valley and a much-needed alternative to Interstate 10 through downtown Phoenix. For more information, see the official media release.

The Loop 202 freeway, also known as the South Mountain Freeway, will run east and west along Pecos Road and then turn north between 55th and 63rd avenues, connecting with Interstate 10 on each end. A video simulation of the freeway is provided below.

The South Mountain Freeway is the last piece to complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeway system necessary for high-quality regional mobility.

The project has been a critical part of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Freeway Program since it was first included in funding through Proposition 300 approved by Maricopa County voters in 1985. The freeway is also part of the Regional Transportation Plan funding passed by Maricopa County voters in 2004 through Proposition 400.

View the Project Fact Sheet.
Vea la Hoja de Hechos del proyecto.

Ongoing Activities

Currently, ADOT is in the process of acquiring the properties needed for the project. As part of that process, ADOT is removing structures on residential and commercial properties that ADOT has acquired along the freeway alignment.

ADOT is working very closely with the city of Phoenix on structures removal activity and traffic control, including the posting of work-zone traffic barricades and safety flagmen as necessary. Neighborhood access points will remain open and security personnel will monitor all acquired properties throughout the structures removal phase of the project to deter any criminal activity.

Selected Alternative Map
South Mountain Selected Alternatives Map2
Project Status / Next Steps

In March 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Record of Decision (the final decision-making document for the project) selecting a build alternative (see map above). ADOT is proceeding with right-of-way acquisition and the procurement of final design and construction services. Freeway construction is expected to begin in 2016, with the freeway opening to traffic in late 2019 or early 2020.

3D Fly-Through Video