City of Phoenix Elevates Freeway Coordination Efforts

This third installment details the action plan for executing and delivering the largest freeway project in Arizona’s history

By Kate Gallego

The city of Phoenix is upping its coordination efforts for the Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway) with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in a move aimed at delivering the largest freeway project in Arizona’s history as efficiently as possible.

The South Mountain Freeway will add 22 miles of freeway to the existing Phoenix metropolitan transportation system and connect the east and west Valley, while providing much needed relief to existing freeway corridors and local streets. ADOT partnered with a private developer to deliver this project within a three-year period through a design, build, and maintain model. Through this innovative delivery method, the South Mountain Freeway will be delivered three years sooner when compared to using conventional delivery methods for projects of this scale.

Given the Loop 202 project’s importance, complexity, and timeline which entails design and construction programmed to occur entirely within Phoenix; early on the city positioned itself to be at the forefront of this project to strategically coordinate and expedite work within the city and with ADOT, including other key external agencies and partners.

To spearhead this effort, City Manager Ed Zuercher appointed a freeway coordination manager, Tom Remes, to oversee all strategy and aspects of the city’s involvement in the freeway project.

“The Loop 202 project represents a major transportation investment with a potential to further shape and define the city’s evolution process,” said Tom Remes. “The city of Phoenix recognizes that projects of this scale can trigger long-lasting positive or adverse impacts in the communities they traverse; therefore, we remain committed to carrying out a well thought-out coordination process with dedicated resources to ensure a win-win for the city and its residents.

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