PHOENIX — Arizona’s largest freeway project won’t open to traffic until the end of the year, but economic developers around the Valley already are planning for the new 22-mile stretch of Loop 202 to be much more than a way for commuters and trucks to bypass downtown Phoenix.
“Employment corridors emerge along transportation routes,” said Lori Collins, deputy economic development director for the city of Phoenix. “A project of this size gets attention from major site selectors and consultants nationwide.”
The Loop 202 extension, called the South Mountain Freeway, is on track to open by the end of 2019, having been touted among other things as a connection between the east and west sides of the Valley.
The freeway, which spans from Interstate 10 and 59th Avenue in the west to I-10 and the existing Loop 202 in the east at the Phoenix-Chandler border, will feature three general purpose lanes and one high-occupancy vehicle lane in each direction, allowing for plenty of space to travel.