There is no more important project to the area’s commuters and workers than the South Mountain Freeway project. The Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway has been on the Regional Transportation Plan since back in 1985. And the National Environmental Policy
Act requires ADOT to hold a public hearing when we
reach the Draft Environmental Impact Statement milestone.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is basically a document that evaluates environmental impacts that can be caused from the building of a freeway. I had a lot of questions.
You know, there’s been a lot of talk of the freeway and what was coming. There was just a lot
unknown. So I said I’m gonna go down and see it myself. I wanted to know where it
was going to be in relationship to my house. I like the fact that you have the
map so we can look and see. You can see where you live, where the
highway’s going to go. I think it’s very helpful, very
supportive. After the public hearing, we held a
number of community forums. Community members can come out to the forums in their neighborhoods
to learn about the project and also give input on the project. We’re here because it’s important at this stage of the study to get public input into this process.
The members of the public can get questions answered by the study team. They’re able to go through the Draft
Environmental Impact Statement. They can also look at our study video and get a a high level perspective of what
we studied, the different aspects and the elements
that we had to consider, as well as being able to see an animated version of
what the freeway corridor would look like if we were to implement it. From there, they’re able to provide
formal comments in front of court reporters that are here this evening. They’re able to sit down in locations and
compose their thoughts or comments on a comment form, which will then be
processed as part of the final Environmental Impact Statement. There is a lot of
material on hand here this evening such as banners with elements of the Draft
Environmental Impact Statement extracted out so the public can see the highlights
of those chapters, as well as roll plots that would show
essentially the freeway corridor, the footprint of that corridor. And we also have information from a right-of-way standpoint on hand as well. What are you going to do with all hte big power lines? The next step is to compile all the different comments, and then we start responding to those
comments. And then from there, we’d be looking to share with the public the final Environmental Impact Statement, again going through a 60-day comment period. And they were looking for a Record of
Decision from our federal partners. ADOT… Keeping Arizona moving.