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.
32nd Street Traffic Interchange Open House
On May 22, the project team will host an open house to discuss the proposed interchange in-person as well as answer questions about construction.
- View proposed interchange design plan
- Discuss construction progress
The Pecos Segment Construction Update and 32nd Street TI open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 at the Desert Vista High School cafeteria, 16440 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85048.
There is no formal presentation; however, attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with project staff about the TI Study, view renderings and provide input by completing the questionnaire in-person. Additionally, Connect 202 Partners, the developer building the freeway, will be available to answer construction-related questions.
Can’t make it to the Open House?
Take the online questionnaire or submit your comments by email, project line, or direct mail no later than June 4, 2018.