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Sunday 01/15/2017
Pecos Road widening, construction hassles start next week
Posted: January 15, 2017

Bicyclists will lose their lanes and motorists can expect every-day hassles as the Arizona Department of Transportation begins major work along Pecos Road next week in preparation for the South Mountain Freeway constriction.

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Saturday 01/14/2017
DUI arrests still dropping in the Ahwatukee region
Updated: January 16, 2017 - 4:42 pm

Uber, Lyft and a cultural change toward less tolerance for driving under the influence all are cited as contributing factors in a significant decline in DUI arrests in Ahwatukee and the East Valley in the last two years.

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Thursday 01/12/2017
Two Ahwatukee neighborhoods discouraged by city response to complaints of street conditions
Posted: January 12, 2017

Residents in two nearly adjacent Ahwatukee neighborhoods have learned that when it comes to Phoenix City Hall, the squeaky wheel sometimes gets only partially greased.

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Sunday 01/08/2017
Uber moves self-driving car testing not far from Ahwatukee
Posted: January 08, 2017

Uber will be setting up shop for its fleet of self-driving cars in Tempe, according to Gov. Doug Ducey’s office.

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Friday 01/06/2017
ADOT Weekend Freeway Traffic Advisory (Jan. 6-9)
Posted: January 06, 2017

Riggs Road restricted at I-10 on Saturday, Sunday for paving work

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
Highway agencies deny that freeway work disturbed 20 Native American graves
Updated: January 10, 2017 - 9:55 am

The likely final effort to stop construction of the South Mountain Freeway until a federal appeals court rules on an appeal by opponents may come down to an argument over whether work crews have disturbed as many as 20 sacred North American grave sites.

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Thursday 12/29/2016
No doubt about it: Freeway construction beginning soon in Ahwatukee
Updated: January 10, 2017 - 9:55 am

Removing all doubt that it won’t let a lengthy court fight slow it down, the Arizona Department of Transportation last week rolled out its plans to begin building the South Mountain Freeway next year in Ahwatukee.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
A look back at 2016 in Ahwatukee
Updated: January 10, 2017 - 9:57 am

For many Ahwatukee residents, 2016 seemed like a year of siege.

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Thursday 12/22/2016
No state highway construction closures over Christmas weekend
Updated: December 27, 2016 - 12:32 pm

Restrictions in existing work zones remain in place

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State slams Gila freeway request as too long, ignores claims of graves’ destruction
Updated: December 27, 2016 - 12:33 pm

Ignoring a contention that South Mountain Freeway construction has already disturbed 20 Native American grave sites, the Arizona State Attorney General’s office told a federal appeals court to reject its bid for a work halt because the request is too many pages long.

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
Lawyer tells federal panel that SM Freeway will do little but harm health, parkland
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 5:21 pm

The attorney for Ahwatukee homeowners opposed to the South Mountain Freeway told an appellate court panel last week that despite a nearly $2 billion expenditure and displacement of 848 homes and apartments, the roadway “will not alleviate current or future traffic conditions.”

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Sunday 12/18/2016
Hot-car rescuers may get protection from lawsuits for breaking windows
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 5:23 pm

Saying good Samaritans deserve legal protection, a veteran state lawmaker wants to provide immunity from lawsuits for people who break into hot vehicles to rescue a trapped animal.

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Thursday 12/08/2016
Kyrene buses provide extra safety for kids with seatbelts
Posted: December 08, 2016

Two major East Valley school districts are responding differently to the long-simmering safety issue of whether school buses should have seat belts—and whether that would decrease injuries to children in traffic accidents.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Ahwatukee’s share of billions in street improvement money: No one knows
Posted: November 30, 2016

Phoenix officials plan to spend over $2.3 billion on street improvements over the next 35 years, so what can Ahwatukee residents expect as their fair share?

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Monday 11/21/2016
Court panel refuses to halt South Mountain Freeway work during appeal
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 2:35 pm

Opponents of the South Mountain Freeway on Monday lost their bid to stop its construction temporarily while a federal panel considers an effort to halt the work permanently.

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Friday 11/18/2016
Toyota surprises Ahwatukee vet by paying off their car leases
Posted: November 18, 2016

U.S Army veteran Abel Bautista, of Ahwatukee, was pleasantly surprised on Veterans Day when a Toyota executive handed him and two other veterans a ceremonial card board car key and said the magic words.

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Driverless future growing in East Valley
Posted: November 18, 2016

If you spend any time at all on the streets of Chandler, you probably have seen them.

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Can robot cars stop the slaughter?
Posted: November 18, 2016

Do you remember that plane crash last year out at Gateway, the one that killed 63 people?

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Feds tell appeals court that freeway opponents will lose and work should continue
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 2:35 pm

The federal government on Friday formally asked an appeals court to deny a request to halt construction of the South Mountain Freeway until the judges can consider opponents’ appeal of a ruling that allows work to proceed.

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Thursday 11/10/2016
Freeway appeal says ADOT ignored, distorted health risks to kids
Updated: November 10, 2016 - 9:50 am

Accusing the Arizona Department of Transportation of ignoring and distorting the environmental impact of the South Mountain Freeway, the lawyer for an Ahwatukee group of homeowners last week urged a federal appeals court to halt the project.

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