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Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway)

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Current Activities
 

New virtual tour of South Mountain Freeway is online now
 March 16, 2017

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

Bridge foundations for South Mountain Freeway start to take shape in Ahwatukee and Laveen
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

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.


Native Plants Being Relocated from South Mountain Freeway Path
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.

 

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South Mountain Freeway Project Team Attends Open House Hosted by Elected Officials

July 6, 2016

On June 15, South Mountain Freeway Project Representatives were invited to attend an Open House sponsored by State Representative Jill Norgaard in collaboration with State Representative Bob Robson, State Senator Jeff Dial, and City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio. Attendees were encouraged to visit the following stations:

These stations provided an informal opportunity for attendees to obtain project information as well as provide input to Project Representatives.

In the upcoming months, community members within the project corridor will receive invitations to attend public meetings. These meetings will provide project information while focusing on what community members can expect over the course of the construction phase of the project.


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Emergency Responders Train on Acquired Properties Prior to Construction of South Mountain Freeway
June 22, 2016
As ADOT prepares for construction of the South Mountain Freeway, emergency responders Valley-wide have conducted training exercises on ADOT-owned properties. Over one dozen State and City agencies have trained on properties along the future 22-mile freeway since property removals began in August 2015. For more information, visit the ADOT Blog.
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Environmental stewardship key in preparing path for South Mountain Freeway
May 26, 2016
In preparation for the future South Mountain Freeway, archaeologists are working at 16 sites along the 22-mile corridor to gather and recover information from the past that may have cultural or historic significance.

As one of the largest sponsors of archaeological research in Arizona, ADOT’s work at prehistoric and historic sites along the South Mountain Freeway corridor includes thorough documentation or excavation and extraction, analysis and preservation of artifacts.

For more information, see the official media release or ADOT Blog.
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Preliminary Engineering Activities Begin Along Future Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway)
May 23, 2016
As ADOT continues to prepare for construction, community members may notice various preliminary engineering activities occurring on ADOT-owned properties throughout the future freeway corridor. Preliminary engineering activities can include soil and rock testing, field investigations and other activities. These activities help ensure ADOT is prepared for construction, which is scheduled to begin summer 2016.

It is anticipated preliminary engineering activities will occur for several months; however, the actual time will depend on field and weather conditions. Work is currently scheduled to occur on weekdays only, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. No weekend work is currently scheduled.

Work conducted will be coordinated with the City of Phoenix for any necessary traffic control (this includes posting of work zone traffic barricades and safety flagmen as necessary), and will follow all Maricopa County dust control requirements.

For more information, see the official media release.
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ADOT Awards First Highway P3 Agreement to Build South Mountain Freeway
Feb. 26, 2016
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.

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South Mountain Freeway P3 Developer Team Selected
Dec. 28, 2015
ADOT is pleased to announce the selection of the preferred developer for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway Project. Connect 202 Partners will be responsible for final design, construction, and 30-year maintenance of the last segment to complete the Loop 202 system. For more information, see the official media release.
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No significant change to timeline for South Mountain Freeway
Nov. 5, 2015
Responding to a widely circulated media report that has been corrected, the Arizona Department of Transportation notes that there has been no significant change to the timeline for the South Mountain Freeway project, which is still projected to open to traffic in 2020.
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On behalf of the project sponsors, the U.S. Department of Justice on Oct. 20 submitted a request to U.S. District Court for a three-week extension to allow time to complete the administrative record as part of the legal action against the freeway project.

Due to the sheer volume of documents, which spans approximately 30 years, more time was needed to ensure the final record is accurately captured. On Oct. 23, the court granted a three-week extension to complete the administrative record on or before Nov. 16.

This extension is not expected to interfere with the planned summer 2016 start of construction for this long-planned freeway. Meanwhile, preconstruction activities in the corridor continue. Completion of the South Mountain Freeway is still expected to be in early 2020.

Important

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.

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.

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Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.