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Arizona's bid to become a test site for unmanned drones was rejected Monday as federal officials picked six other proposals.
Great news for all the hiking enthusiasts in the Valley. In January, Echo Canyon trail at Camelback Mountain will reopen and be better than ever. The trail has been revitalized to ensure long-term usage and the current parking situation enhanced to accommodate visitors.
Protesters will stage at Ahwatukee schools over the next couple days, protesting the proposed expansion of the South Mountain Freeway.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, Kyrene School District Governing Board members discussed the South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway extension.
Ahwatukee is a great community. We have special days for supporting our businesses. Now it is time for our businesses to support our community. They either support Ahwatukee or they don’t! Those who support Ahwatukee need to “put their money where their mouth is.” All others are supporting the greed of the transportation industry.
As we go about our daily commute and our lives, we don’t often give much thought to the roads that get us there.
For years, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) have been spouting a story of how the South Mountain Freeway (SMF) will save our Valley from traffic congestion and air pollution. Now that experts have weighed in, it is clear that these claims are untrue and that this freeway proposal is a major fraud perpetrated by MAG and spread by ADOT in the form of its recent Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
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.
Motorist who commute along the area of 51st Street have been experiencing heavy traffic jams during mid-afternoon throughout the week.
Ahwatukee-based Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC) hand delivered more than 300 pages worth of comments and reports to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) on Tuesday, which summarizes their opposition to the South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway.
Some commuters in the Phoenix metropolitan area are able to take advantage of less congested rush-hour travel in the more than 175 miles of HOV lanes within the Valley freeway system. While any vehicle with two or more occupants can be in the lanes, some vehicles are allowed to use HOV lanes with just one occupant.
Editor’s note: This is part five of a continuing summer series on the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway.
There was an impressive turnout at the Foothills Golf Club Tuesday night when the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) hosted a final community forum on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) of the South Mountain Freeway.
I received a postcard in the mail several weeks ago announcing a public hearing on May 21 to provide an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Study on the proposed South Mountain Freeway. None of my neighbors received the same postcard when I talked to them. Why were some of the public left out of the mailing? They may not have been informed of this public hearing, but I have comments to make.
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.
Editor’s note: This is part one of a continuing summer series on the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway.
It was a small turnout with a lot of passion at the Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC) meeting on Saturday, May 11.
Drivers should anticipate lengthy delays on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Casa Grande through the afternoon commute because of a serious crash involving hazardous materials, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The highway’s westbound lanes are closed north of Casa Grande, but significant backups have been observed in both directions on this major travel corridor.
With cacti and strip malls obstructing the views at times, visitors could easily write Phoenix off as a place where water and culture are scarce. But this metropolis — which includes upscale Scottsdale and college town Tempe — is a nature lover’s oasis with pristine peaks and the vast Sonoran desert.
A new report published by the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Research Center titled “Land Use and Traffic Congestion,” found that residents of some higher-density neighborhoods in the Phoenix metropolitan area drive substantially less than similar residents who live in lower-density and automobile-dependent suburban neighborhoods.
As a resident since 1991 I can tell you, Ahwatukee is at risk of decline. Anyone disagreeing is either in denial or is being dishonest with themselves. The proposal to develop The Lakes golf course is like pounding a nail in that coffin. This project would negatively add to an already difficult commuter traffic situation, impact quality of life, and erode home property values.
If you’re catching a flight at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in the next few months, give yourself a few extra minutes to find the new baggage claim area.
William Ramsey’s letter, “No Build South Mountain” (AFN, March 2), was one of the more logical reviews of the issue I have read. Attending the so-called public meetings of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) or Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), I have seen how little public comment means relating to an issue. I noticed reports are a formality and often show no interest in real-life problems.
Shoppers can anticipate numerous hurdles when they hit the stores this season with big crowds, long lines, and plenty of frustration—and that’s just the parking lot.
Message boards on some Valley freeways display how many minutes it will take for drivers to reach specific points ahead, but there’s a limit to how much warning they can offer.