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ADOT asking public to weigh in on Loop 303 extension in west Valley

Posted at 6:54 AM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 20:52:25-04

The Arizona Department of Transportation is continuing to move forward on extending the Loop 303 freeway south, but before they move any further, they want to hear from the public. 

Currently, L-303 ends at Van Buren Street in Goodyear and the new design would take L-303 about three miles south to proposed State Highway 30. To address any concerns or questions the public may have, ADOT is holding a public meeting at the Goodyear Ballpark. 

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The meeting is an open-house format on Wednesday, June 27 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

"We want to hear their comments and see if there are some things we need to look at as we continue to develop the freeway," said Doug Nintzel, spokesman for ADOT. 

The extension is expected to help support the West Valley not only economically, but make it easier for drivers to access I-10 or continue to travel north on Loop 303 toward the northwest Valley. 

"It's kind of like build it and they will come," said Jeff Sachs, a West Valley resident. "We're starting to see industry and distribution centers and things along the 303 that are drawing a lot of people."

"When a freeway comes, there's that opportunity for housing, for business to start to develop along a freeways path," Nintzel said. 

The final design is expected to be complete by fall of 2018 and construction could start after summer of 2020.