ADOT, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the Maricopa Association of Governments, the regional planning agency, initiated an environmental study in spring 2018 after receiving public, local and regional stakeholder input to consider adding an Ivanhoe Street interchange. The interchange, located between Laveen and Ahwatukee in the Center Segment, will enhance regional connectivity and provide additional relief for roadways in the south Phoenix area.
In addition, a design modification developed in coordination with those living east of the freeway alignment will provide access to the Dusty Lane community via an underpass at Ray Road, about a third of a mile northwest of Ivanhoe Street. The Ray Road crossing will be accessible from 51st Avenue and Dusty Lane after a new access road is constructed.
The planned configuration, with on- and off-ramps serving areas west of the freeway, responds to requests from members of the Dusty Lane community that an Ivanhoe Street interchange not provide direct access to the east. It also will provide additional freeway access for residents of the Gila River Indian Community while reducing traffic passing through the local roadway network.
In May 2018, ADOT held a public meeting to collect feedback on the proposed interchange. The evaluation, including a record of public comments is available in the Reevaluation Documents section.
Funding for the Ivanhoe Street interchange will come from Maricopa Association of Governments regional transportation funds and from right-of-way savings achieved through the public-private partnership finalized in February 2016 with Connect 202 Partners. The developer was tasked with developing innovative approaches for construction and engineering, including reducing the amount of property that must be acquired for the freeway.