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First interchange of South Mountain Freeway opens on schedule616First interchange of South Mountain Freeway opens on schedulehttps://www.phoenix.gov/econdev/inthenews/6169/9/2019 7:00:00 AM<div class="ExternalClass43EE9422B02B4C108382318BBF122996"><figure> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/EconomyUpdate/UPDATE-20190909-ADOT-Loop-202.jpg" alt="Photo of 40th Street at the South Mountain Freeway" /> <center><figcaption><em>Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway opened its first interchange at 40th Street on September 6, 2019.</em><br>Image: ADOT</figcaption></center> </figure> <center><em>From Arizona Departent of Transportation (AZDOT.gov)</em><br></center><p><span style="font-size:15px;"> The South Mountain Freeway’s first new interchange at 40th Street has opened on schedule, an important step forward for the state’s largest-ever freeway construction project.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">South Mountain Freeway’s first interchange opens on scheduleThe interchange is ready for traffic less than four months after 40th Street closed south of Cottonwood Lane to allow construction of the new interchange.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">At 92 feet wide, the interchange has nearly double the capacity of the previous intersection of 40th Street and Pecos Road. It will have two southbound lanes that will continue south of the freeway, two left-turn lanes to eastbound Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, and a right-turn lane to westbound Loop 202. There also are two northbound lanes, with a left-turn lane to westbound Loop 202, and a dedicated northbound left-turn lane into the Park & Ride parking lot.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">The fully functioning interchange includes ramps that will allow drivers to enter and exit the future freeway lanes in both directions. While construction continues, speed limits will remain at 40 mph on both future freeway lanes and the remaining sections of Pecos Road.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">There also is a new traffic signal at Cottonwood Lane and 40th Street, which will benefit drivers turning into and out of the Park & Ride lot, as well as neighborhood traffic.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">The new design also will give bus riders a new option for entering the 40th Street Park and Ride location. In addition to entering from 40th Street, drivers can enter and exit from the westbound on-ramp to Loop 202. The entrance to the Park and Ride is about 100 yards west of 40th Street.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">In addition, the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino and the Phoenix Premium Outlets will be accessible either from I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, or by taking 40th Street south to Willis Road.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">The 22-mile freeway is scheduled to open in 2019, with final construction slated to wrap up early next year.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;">The South Mountain Freeway will provide a long-planned direct link between the East Valley and West Valley and a much-needed alternative to I-10 through downtown Phoenix.</span>​</p></div>https://azdot.gov/adot-news/south-mountain-freeway%E2%80%99s-first-interchange-opens-schedule-0

 

 

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