The federal government is paving the way for extending Loop 202 around South Mountain. The government has given the Arizona Department of Transportation the approval to begin acquiring land through eminent domain in order to begin construction in 2016.  The route extends the 202 west from the I-10 along existing

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.

Kris Dugan