South Mountain Freeway named after Ed Pastor

“The $1.7-billion freeway – the single most expensive highway project in Arizona history – could formally open Dec. 20.” / AFN

Ahwatukee Foothills News

The South Mountain Freeway has an official name.

The new 22-mile thoroughfare connecting the Chandler and W. 59th Street interchanges on I-10 will be named the Congressman Ed Pastor Freeway.

The Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names last week voted the name change requested by Democratic Rep. Diego Espinoza of Tolleson with support from the Pastor family.

The one abstention was cast of the member representing the Arizona Department of Transportation “because she didn’t feel it was appropriate for her to vote on a state highway name,” said State Archivist Dr. Dennis Preisler, who chairs the board.

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