Following the second year of construction on Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, the project is nearly two-thirds complete and still in pace to open in late 2019.
The 22-mile stretch of highway, will provide a new connection for motorists traveling between the East Valley and West Valley that bypasses downtown Phoenix.
In 2018, construction crews installed 20 miles of drainage pipe, put down 107,000 tons of asphalt, moved 9.9 million cubic yards of dirt and used 10,800 tons of recycled steel rebar.
Work on the final link of the Valley’s Loop 202 and 101 system began in early 2017.
The South Mountain Freeway will pick up where the Loop 202 currently ends at Interstate 10 in Chandler and reconnect with I-10 at 59th Avenue in west Phoenix.
By 2035, the Arizona Department of Transportation is estimating that as many as 190,000 vehicles will use the route daily.
Additional project updates, along with information about road closures due to construction can be found on ADOT’s website.