ADOT received public input on the proposed 32nd Street interchange between May 2 and June 4, 2018. All public input will be included in the Environmental Reevaluation Report, which will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for their consideration. ADOT anticipates a final decision will be announced this fall.
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The recommendation to remove a traffic interchange (TI) at 32nd Street and the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway was made during the development of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by the South Mountain Citizens Advisory Team (CAT) in 2005. Based on the input received from the CAT and the City of Phoenix, ADOT agreed to no longer study a potential interchange at 32nd Street. In 2006, the City of Phoenix conducted a traffic circulation study to evaluate the impacts of the proposed freeway on the local street system, including the elimination of the interchange at 32nd Street. The City study found no adverse effects on the local street system from the freeway with or without an interchange.
After the Record of Decision (ROD) and prior to construction starting on the project, ADOT and the freeway developer, Connect 202 Partners (C202P) participated in a Public Input meeting for the freeway in the Ahwatukee Foothills Village. During the fall 2016 meeting, the community, including local and state officials, expressed an interest in re-considering the need for an interchange at 32nd Street. The concerns raised by the community included the concern that traffic would increase substantially on Liberty Lane and Lakewood Parkway (both minor collectors) because vehicles currently using 32nd Street would need to get to 24th or 40th streets to access the new freeway. This additional traffic would pass directly by a number of local schools.
More recently, the project team has received numerous requests from the local community and schools to revisit construction of an interchange at 32nd Street. The study of this interchange has also been supported by elected officials and the Maricopa Association of Governments.
In response to this, ADOT requested C202P to draft preliminary design plans to determine the feasibility of adding an interchange without acquiring additional properties. Also, ADOT began an environmental re-evaluation to determine the feasibility and analyze any changes in environmental and social impacts of adding an interchange at 32nd Street.