As Chandler Boulevard Extension opens, flooding problem emerges

Chandler Boulevard Extension/Dietmar Hanke/Special to AFN

By Paul Maryniak |  Ahwatukee Foothills News

The new $11.2 million Chandler Boulevard Extension opened Friday, hailed by city and regional officials as an important link in the ultimate plan to complete the controversial South Mountain Freeway.

But even as officials hailed the opening of the 1.2-mile three-lane road, a new problem may have been created for residents living near it.

Runoff that previously had spread across a wide swath of desert is now being redirected into a portion of Foothills Reserve, according to Galen Schliem, president of that community’s HOA board.

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