Pecos Road, scissors a path through South Mountain Park and runs north to reconnect with Interstate-10. According to ADOT Spokesman Timothy Tait, “The South Mountain Freeway is the last piece to complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeway system necessary for high-quality regional mobility.” A-DOT has long asserted that a southern route connecting the east and west sides of the I-10 is essential for maintaining the freeway system as the Valley grows. The four-year construction project will cost nearly two-billion dollars with 650-million dollars set aside to enforce eminent domain. ADOT will buy some 200 homes that will be bull-dozed for the freeway. Construction will begin in April and completion is predicted for late 2019 or early 2020.