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Statement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski on Latest South Mountain Freeway RulingStatement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski on Latest South Mountain Freeway Ruling<div class="ExternalClass156685A8BA9241069203EE40BDCD6D0E"><p>​“A federal court has again ruled in favor of the South Mountain Freeway. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals last week denied another legal challenge from freeway opponents to halt construction while an appeal on the project is heard. This move comes after the 9th Circuit and the U.S. District Court in Phoenix both refused last fall to issue an emergency injunction to stop construction during appeal.<br> <br> This is the latest good news to move freeway construction forward. The South Mountain Freeway is going to be a major economic development driver throughout the Valley, but especially in the Laveen and Estrella areas in District 7, which have been planning and preparing for the project for years. The freeway also is going to boost our quality of life and bring much needed relief to drivers on Interstate 10, who lose untold hours each year sitting in traffic on one of the most congested stretches of freeway in Arizona.<br> <br> This project is moving forward with the Team Phoenix approach – where we work together, solve problems and deliver solutions that will work for everyone.” </p></div>1/18/2017 10:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405