The new section of SR 24, which provides a direct connection between the Santan Freeway and Ellsworth Road, opened in early May 2014. Construction of the $73 million project began in March 2012. The city of Mesa accelerated the start of construction by several years through a transportation-bonding program.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is currently constructing the first mile of the newest freeway in the Phoenix metro area, SR 24 in Mesa.
The initial phase of SR 24 will be a one-mile stretch beginning at Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and ending at Ellsworth Road. Once completed, motorists can look forward to enhanced access from southeast Maricopa County to northeast Pinal County and additional routes in and out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and surrounding schools and businesses.
Additional phases of this project, east of Ellsworth Road, are suspended until the North-South Corridor Study in Pinal County advances. No funding is currently identified for the portion in Pinal County.