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.
Private land route alternatives for a power line project needed to address continued economic development in the Chandler area known as the Price Road Corridor (PRC), have been further reduced by Salt River Project (SRP) officials.
While a few Ahwatukee residents have strong opinions about the South Mountain Freeway (SMF) Loop 202, one way or the other, a majority are totally ambivalent about the road. Like most Valley residents, they are hoping for anything at all that will ease their commute by reducing stop-and-go congestion on the Interstate 10. Most of us have been paying an increased sales tax for transportation projects since 1985 and any tangible evidence of our money at work is gratifying. Since very little of Ahwatukee is south of Chandler Boulevard, the impact on most of us will be marginal.
The recent announcement that the Gila Indian River Community (GRIC) voted not to allow the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway from being built on tribal land, it is all but assured to be built in Ahwatukee.
A group of Gila River Indian Community members have filed a federal Title VI Civil Rights Complaint against the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for proposing and promoting the building of South Mountain Freeway through South Mountain.
Active members of Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC) in our Village of Ahwatukee and outlying residential areas aim to stop the South Mountain Freeway from being built on Pecos Road. Preventing the destruction of our community and South Mountain is the main goal of PARC, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
What do United States Congressman David Schweikert, State Senate Majority Leader John McComish, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCicco, Kedrick Ellison of the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department, Kyrene Superintendent Dr. David Shauer, Tempe Union High School Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Baca, and Pangea Development have in common?
The Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the South Mountain Freeway was released on April 26, but as the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to study putting the freeway down Pecos Road a group of Gila River Indian Community Landowners are stuck waiting for answers as their initiative — which could make it possible for the freeway to go on tribal land — is stalled by the Tribal Council.
The tribal council for the Gila River Indian Community is sending the GRIC Landowners initiative — which could move the Loop 202 Freeway off the Pecos Road Alignment — to be investigated by tribal police before it decides if the initiative will be accepted as is or go to a public vote.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]