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Freeway blasting set to begin next week as opponents try to block it

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An Arizona Department of Transportation rendering of a section of the 22-mile South Mountain freeway.

By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News

The attorney for opponents of the South Mountain Freeway on Wednesday tried again to get a federal appeals court to stop the Arizona Department of Transportation and freeway developer Connect 202Partners from starting controlled blasting along Pecos Road between 17th Avenue and 24th Street next week.

In the two-page notice to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, attorney Howard Shanker reminded the appeals court that his client, Protect Arizona’s Resources and Children, is seeking an order preventing the blasting from occurring until the panel resolves his appeal of a lower-court ruling in July 2016 that cleared the way for freeway construction to begin.

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