When construction wraps up on SR 24 later this year in southeast Mesa, the new freeway will span one mile between Loop 202 and Ellsworth Road.
Known also as the Gateway Freeway, SR 24 certainly will help alleviate traffic congestion in the area. However, that’s not the only reason why this project is valuable to the East Valley...
“It will become a gateway, if you will, to the farther southeast Valley,” says Citizen’s Transportation Oversight Committee Chairman Roc Arnett in the video above. “It will help the airport, it will help Queen Creek, it will help southeast Mesa, it will help Apache Junction.” Project acceleration Work started just over a year ago
even though SR 24 originally wasn't scheduled for construction until 2016.
The schedule was moved up because Mesa used Highway Project Advancement Notes to get things started a few years early.
"I do have to commend the city of Mesa for looking into the future and working with ADOT on not only the near term of what's needed, but in that outward look, that 20-year look on the horizon of where they're going to grow and how they want to grow," says ADOT Director John Halikowski in the video above. "That's a good thing for the taxpayer. It's a wise investment of their transportation dollars."
Mesa will be paid back in the year SR 24 construction was originally slated. What drivers should know
Right now, crews are working to construct the elevated ramps that will connect the future SR 24 with Loop 202 (Santan Freeway).
That means that the Loop 202 westbound off-ramp at Hawes Road is closed until mid-July
Motorists headed to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport are advised to exit at Power road for access.
For more on the project – including the latest traffic updates – visit the SR 24 webpage