April 26, 2013
The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed South Mountain Freeway. This release launches a 90-day public comment period.
The draft environmental document can be found on the on the project website and at the following locations in the community:
- Phoenix Public Library – Ironwood Branch, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
- Phoenix Public Library – Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
- FedEx Office Print and Ship Center, 4940 E. Ray Road, Phoenix
- Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale
- Tolleson Public Library, 9555 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson
- ADOT Environmental Planning Group, 1611 W. Jackson St., Phoenix (call 602-712-7767 for appointment)
The document covers potential impacts from building or not building a freeway, coordination with the Gila River Indian Community, purpose and need for a new freeway, alternatives studied and public outreach efforts since the study was launched in 2001.
To provide input during the 90-day public comment period, you can participate in the following ways:
- Attend a public hearing on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center
- Email email@example.com
- Submit comments at azdot.gov/SouthMountainFreeway
- Call 602-712-7006
- Mail comments to the South Mountain Study Team, 1655 W. Jackson St. MD 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007
All public comments must be submitted by July 24.
The project’s study team will incorporate input gained from comments to produce the final environmental impact statement, which will have a 60-day public review period. A record of decision is expected in 2014.
Construction of the South Mountain Freeway, if approved, could begin as soon as 2015. The eight-lane freeway would run from I-10 in the West Valley along 59th Avenue, cut across the southwest corner of South Mountain Park and connect with Pecos Road on the south side of Ahwatukee to connect with I-10 and the Loop 202 Santan Freeway.
|Matt Heil, City of Phoenix||602-534-1597|