It’s just 22 miles, but the impact of the soon-to-be-completed South Mountain Freeway will be felt near and far in Arizona.
The first-of-its-kind public-private partnership freeway development in Arizona is nearly 80 percent completed, with stretches of the freeway in the Ahwatukee area already being utilized on a short-term basis as work continues. The $1.7 billion freeway is expected to be completed in November, opening up a much-needed route between the West Valley and the Southeast Valley.
“While the project remains on schedule, it’s worth noting that ADOT is delivering the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway three years sooner than originally anticipated and at a cost savings exceeding $100 million by using an innovative approach to selecting the team to design, build and maintain the highway,” said Dustin Krugel, public information officer for the ADOT. “The freeway is scheduled for full completion in 2020, although traffic is expected to be using the freeway earlier.”