The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is misleading the public by neglecting to mention dangerous aspects of the proposed South Mountain Freeway. Creating a truck route along Pecos Road will be disastrous for the air quality of the adjacent neighborhoods and schools. As a family nurse practitioner I am well aware of the prevalence of severe asthma and allergies among the Valley’s population. Asthma is the number one reason for school absences. Building another freeway near schools and homes will increase the pollution, escalating rates of asthma and other cardiopulmonary illnesses, thus impacting the health of all and education of our children.
As an Ahwatukee resident not directly impacted by the plans for South Mountain Freeway, I probably shared some complacency about the new road being a “done deal.” My family live far enough away from Pecos Road that we won’t really notice the noise, dust and general disruption of the construction or, eventually, the traffic using the new road.
The deadline for public comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the South Mountain Freeway is 11 days away and Ahwatukee’s outspoken opposition to the freeway is working feverishly to get in their response.
Now that they have released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the South Mountain Freeway (SMF), ADOT has become very cocky about telling Ahwatukee residents that the SMF is a “done deal.” This is a dark strategy to try to get residents just to give up and let it happen.
A brief look at a map of the greater Phoenix area would indicate the blatant lack of any freeway system serving the southwest quadrant of the area. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) plan since 1985 has been to develop this system with a bypass connecting Interstate 10 west at 59th Avenue (current preferred option) to I-10 east at Pecos Road.
Gov. Jan Brewer is asking a federal appeals court to rebuff efforts by the Obama administration to let “dreamers” drive here legally, saying the government is trying to void a valid state law with what amounts to little more than a federal policy.
After more than 30 years of planning, many Ahwatukee Foothills residents still have questions about the proposed South Mountain Freeway and as the environmental review process is coming to a close, an Ahwatukee nonprofit hopes to provide some clarity.
Opponents of extending the 202 freeway to the west part of Phoenix are very vocal and get a lot of press — especially due to their advocacy group Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC). (What a name! I’m sure the residents of Yuma, Globe, and Kingman appreciate having PARC on the job looking out for their property and kids). However, I wonder how deep the opposition to the freeway is, even in the local area. I live in Club West and don’t view this freeway any less favorably than any other public highway project. I wonder if other people around here feel the same way.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) needs to undertake a massive change to its Right of Way Group. I sent my first letter on Sept. 2 to Gov. Jan Brewer and it outlined the current and embedded issues — complete with hard data, some from eight years ago.
I live in Lakewood very near the intersection of 32nd Street and Pecos Road. The Loop 202 debate has been going on for years but on Sept 26 the final Environmental Impact Study (EIS) was released and I took note that this is becoming a reality. I read the information online and called the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to inquire about the impact the highway would have on my neighborhood. I learned that none of the houses in my area were in the right of way, but I could not imagine how an eight-lane highway with a median, appropriate shoulders, and a sound wall barrier could possibly fit in the existing space.
In the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that was released by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) just last Friday, Sept. 26, there is an embarrassing typo in the last section of Volume 1 that displays the list of “major contributors” in the 500-page document. This error stands out because the contributor has a high profile position with ADOT. This individual is a community relations manager and he has also been a frequent spokesperson for the proposed South Mountain Freeway. His name is Timothy Tait and in the column that displays “Years/Experience” on the Preparers page (PRE -3) it shows 153. How can anyone have 153 years of experience?
Several volunteers from Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children took the opportunity to voice their concerns about the South Mountain Freeway during the Phoenix City Council meeting Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Members of the non-profit group PARC (Protecting Arizona Resources and Children) will make a series of three-minute presentations to the Phoenix City Council at the Oct. 1 meeting during the time for Citizen Comments, starting at 2:45 p.m.
Improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions along sections of Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (Sept. 26-29), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time or consider alternate routes while these scheduled restrictions are in place:
Improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions along sections of Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (Sept. 19-22), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time or consider alternate routes while these scheduled restrictions are in place:
There are 49 new homes proposed for a subdivision at the western end of Ahwatukee Foothills, but if the South Mountain Freeway is built as currently proposed, all of those lots will need to be purchased by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
While the summer heat is on in the Valley of the Sun, PARC (Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children) remains on “Active Duty” and is maintaining its watch over the proposed Loop 202 project, preparing for the release of the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement) due later this year.
Would you pay $7 for a gallon of regular gas in the Ahwatukee Foothills area? The answer is a solid NO — not when it can be bought at most filling stations for around $3.50 a gallon — no one would pay double for the same product.
Beginning June 16, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is expanding central credential issuance to all offices statewide, meaning that customers visiting a Motor Vehicle Division office to obtain a new driver license or identification card will leave with a temporary credential. The permanent license or identification card will be mailed to the customer, and received within 15 days.