APRIL 22 1:30-4:30PM
NO LOOP 202 DISCUSSION
Cesar Chavez Library
At the last meeting in Laveen hosted by Michael Nowokowski about the 202 it felt more like a push for the 202 than an opportunity to learn and make our own decisions. Questions were not answered, and no one was welcomed to speak from the community unless they were on the side of pushing for the 202 the way the city decides for us. So to hear things from another perspective, come on out to the Cesar Chavez Library at 1:30 on April 22nd. There will be a variety of speakers, and an opportunity for community members to share how we feel about the 202.
We will be discussing the past and present timeline of the freeway from a no build perspective. There will be lots of handouts highlighting the “proposed” route of the freeway. Perhaps the most important part of this event will be the actual time provided for those that would be effected by the W59 proposal to come together in the same space and hear how others have helped win No-build votes.
This event will be followed by more events to continue supporting No-Build resistance to the proposed loop 202 extension.
Is Not Building the Freeway Really an Option?
Not building a freeway remains an option. If this option is selected, the proposed project would not take place and the environmental effects from taking no action would be evaluated. It is possible, however, that a new study for the area could be initiated at some point in the future. While ADOT has been charged to study the proposed South Mountain Freeway by the Maricopa Association of Governments, the regional transportation planning body, ADOT has not taken a formal position on the roadway and will not do so until the study is complete and all alternatives evaluated.-From ADOT
Where would the W59 extension of the loop 202 be built?
Where Would it Connect to I-10 East?
If built, the South Mountain Freeway would likely connect to I-10 east at the current interchange of I-10 and Loop 202 (Santan Freeway). The only option available at this time would have a freeway follow the Pecos Road alignment, remaining just north of the boarder between Phoenix and the GRIC. The Pecos Road alignment was first proposed in the mid-1980s.
About the pecos road alignment:
The E1 Alternative or Pecos Alignment: The E1 Alternative or Pecos Alignment, was finalized in 2005 by ADOT. It is a corridor approximately 1000 feet wide and is about 37 miles long. From the intersection with I-10 and the Santan portion of the Loop 202, the proposed Pecos Alignment/E1 Alternative follows Pecos Road, turning to avoid the GRIC and cutting through South Mountain. The alignment then turns north near 59th Avenue to intersect with I-10.
What would be lost by the current W59 proposal? This graph shows a few of the impacts:
This is a map of the land that would be in direct threat of proposed freeway:
Not to mention the massive cuts that would happen to South Mountain if this freeway proposal was allowed.
You know what would be lost… Come join us in a community discussion in Laveen on how to continue to stop it!