The Proposed Loop 202 Freeway, also known as the South Mountain Freeway, would run east and west along Pecos Road and then turn north between 55th and 63rd avenues, connecting with Interstate 10 on each end. The South Mountain Freeway is the last piece to complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeway system necessary for high-quality regional mobility.
The project has been a critical part of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Freeway Program since it was first included in funding through Proposition 300 approved by Maricopa County voters in 1985. The freeway was also part of the Regional Transportation Plan funding passed by Maricopa County voters in 2004 through Proposition 400.
A public hearing was held on May 21, 2013, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Representatives from ADOT, FHWA and the technical team were on-hand to answer questions, and a video and banners were available. In addition, an online public hearing site was created, which included the same materials presented at the physical public hearing location.
The public comment period for the Draft EIS closed on July 24, 2013. The project team is currently in the process of reviewing and responding to the comments received. These responses, in addition to a selection of the preferred alternative, will be published in a Final EIS, which will be posted here.