The South Mountain Freeway is a unique freeway in the Phoenix Valley because it is the only freeway that connects with Interstate 10 in two locations; one on the west side at about 59th Avenue, and the other south at the Pecos Road/Loop 202 intersection. This by-pass would give all I-10 truckers, drivers, military and hazardous waste transporters the opportunity and access to avoid Metropolitan Phoenix.

Therefore, all I-10 traffic would take the South Mountain Freeway shortcut it provides through the Ahwatukee Foothills and Gila River Indian Community area. General drivers behavior, especially by interstate truckers, would easily find the freeway a great time saver shown on their GPS maps.

This enormous increase in traffic brings in huge amounts of air and noise pollution, possible hazardous waste accidents, mammoth congestion for local traffic, and ruins the appearance and property values of the entire surrounding community. The impact of the South Mountain Freeway is environmentally unjust and disproportionately high to the 70,000 or so residences of the Ahwatukee Foothills and Gila River Indian Community populations.

I urge everyone to write protest letters to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) during this (June 18) public hearing phase of the Draft Environmental Impact Study so that public disapproval is documented against the freeway.

Carol Sampson

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