Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway expansion: ADOT hosting open house

Posted at 5:07 AM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 15:51:48-04

The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking for the public's feedback on Tuesday night at an open house regarding the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway expansion. 

Spokesperson Dustin Krugel said they have gotten more than 1,000 online submissions regarding the addition of a 32nd Street Freeway Interchange near 32nd Street and Pecos Road in Ahwatukee.

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That addition is not included currently in the 22-mile expansion project that has been underway for more than a year now. 

Krugel said ADOT had included the interchange in a plan regarding the freeway roughly 13 years ago. But, at the time - there were some concerns regarding having a freeway interchange so close to a high school. Plus, there were environmental concerns as ADOT planned on having a 10-lane freeway.

Since then, ADOT decreased the plan to 8-lanes. Also, people seem to be more interested in the convenience of having the interchange closer.

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If the interchange is not built, drivers in the area would need to go to 24th Street or 40th Street to enter the new freeway. 

"Building the 32nd street traffic interchange will improve traffic in the area... so, there are several benefits to potentially building the interchange," Krugel explained. "But, we want to make sure this is something the public really wants."

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There will be an open house from 6 - 8 p.m. inside the cafeteria at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. 

Drivers can also submit their feedback online here from now until June 4.