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State Route 202, or Loop 202, is the beltway encompassing the eastern Phoenixmarker, Arizonamarker, United Statesmarker Metropolitan area. It navigates and surrounds the cities of Tempemarker, Mesamarker, Chandlermarker, and Gilbertmarker, making it very vital to the area freeway system. It currently begins at the Mini Stack interchange with Interstate 10 and SR 51, and ends at Interstate 10 near Ahwatukeemarker.

Route description

When fully complete, plans call for Loop 202 to consist of three sections:

Red Mountain Freeway

The first section of Loop 202 to open was the Red Mountain Freeway. It runs from the Interstate 10/SR 51 Mini Stackmarker interchange to US 60, and passes over the Salt River and through Tempemarker and Mesamarker en route, with an interchange with Loop 101 in Tempe. The final segment of the freeway from Power Road to University Drive opened on July 21, 2008. This opening marked the completion of the original Regional Freeway System as approved by Maricopa County voters in 1985 by Proposition 300.

Santan Freeway

Completed in 2006, the Santan Freeway serves the southeast valley cities of Chandlermarker, Gilbertmarker, and Mesamarker and provides access to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airportmarker. Beginning at the SuperRedTanmarker interchange with US 60 in Mesa, the freeway runs south and turns westward in Gilbert near the airport. A few miles later the Santan is running in Chandler, where it has a junction with Loop 101 in the vicinity of the Chandler Fashion Center. Following this interchange, the Santan Freeway section of Loop 202 encounters its terminus at a stack interchange with Interstate 10 near Ahwatukeemarker.
Old colored Arizona Loop 202 shield that is being phased out.


South Mountain Freeway

The third, unbuilt and most controversial segment of the Loop 202 partial beltway is the South Mountain Freeway. This proposed segment will run from the already complete Interstate 10 and Santan Freeway four-level symmetrical stack interchange westward through Ahwatukeemarker on the current Pecos Road alignment, straddling the border with the Gila River Indian Community. The proposed freeway will then proceed to turn northwesterly and cut directly through three ridges of South Mountain Parkmarker; before eventually turning completely northward along the 55th Avenue alignment all the way until its terminus at Interstate 10 in Phoenixmarker, west of downtown.Since South Mountain is considered sacred by the adjacent Gila River Indian Community(GRIC), excavating the right of way in South Mountain Park creates issues with Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act regarding traditional cultural properties (TCP). A TCP is a site that is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places because of its association with cultural practices or beliefs. Consultation on this issue with the GRIC is necessary to complete the technical review of the information contained in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Originally, it was claimed by ADOT that this route would provide a southerly bypass of the often-congested stretch of I-10 through Downtown Phoenix. The current thinking is that it would address regional mobility needs between the southeast and southwest portions of the Phoenix metropolitan area. New cost estimates out in October raised the total cost of this section to over 2.6 billion dollars or over $20,000 a foot. If approved, it would rank among the most costly highways ever built .

Arizona voters were being asked to approve an initiative ballot called the TIME Act in November 2008 which would raise the sales tax by an additional 1% (bringing it close to 10% for most jurisdictions) in order to fund this and other transit projects. Generally these types of initiatives pass, but this one might have proved to be the exception because of the severe economic downturn and the need to re-assess the cost-benefit analysis of projects of this magnitude. Although the TIME Act gathered the required number of petition signatures to be put on the ballot, upon review, sufficient signatures were rejected for it to fail to meet the required number and it was not on the ballot. Combining this setback with a reduction in Federal funds from the FHWA has started the reassessment process. The proposed freeway is currently in the draft environmental impact assessment process. At the conclusion of this process, a report will be released by ADOT and the public will have a chance to comment. After these final steps, the fate of the South Mountain Freeway will be revealed by ADOT.

ADOT revealed in a press release in the Arizona Republic on March 9, 2009, that the fate of the South Mountain Freeway will not be decided until at least 2011 due to a need to first balance a $5.3 billion budget shortfall in Arizona's 20-Year Transportation Plan.

Use as a movie location

In 2006, the Red Mountain Freeway portion of Loop 202 was used to portray a Saudi Arabianmarker superhighway in the 2007 film, The Kingdom. Filming also took place at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airportmarker and the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campusmarker. The city of Mesamarker received $40,000 for the usage of the freeway from NBC Universal.

Exit list

The entire route is in Maricopa Countymarker.
Location Mile

# Destinations Notes
Phoenixmarker 0.00 , Los Angelesmarker Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.00 1A Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.94 1B 24th Street
1.98 1C 32nd Street
2.72 2 40th Street, 44th Street
3.52 3 Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
4.11 4 52nd Street, Van Buren Street
Tempemarker 5.37 5 Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
6.41 6 Priest Drive, Center Parkway
7.77 7 Scottsdale Road, Rural Road – Arizona State Universitymarker
8.70 8 McClintock Drive Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Mesamarker 9.62 9
10.96 10 Dobson Road
11.85 11 Alma School Road
12.69 12 McKellips Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
13.32 13
16.30 16 Gilbert Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
17.26 17 McDowell Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
19.12 19 Val Vista Drive
20.11 20 Greenfield Road
21.32 21 Higley Road
22.56 22 Recker Road
23.18 23A Power Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
23B McDowell Road to Power Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
25 McKellips Road
26 Brown Road
27 University Drive
28 Broadway Road
30.14 30 Signed as exits 30A (East) and 30B (West); SuperRedTan Interchangemarker
31.17 31 Baseline Road Northbound exit, Southbound entrance
32.29 32 Guadalupe Road
33.88 33 Elliot Road
34.65 34 Hawes Road (Exit Closed) Hawes Road does not exist in this area yet but is part of the City of Mesa General Plan. The exit was constructed and is closed until the road is actually constructed (Construction Date Unknown).
Gilbertmarker 36.66 36 Power Road
38.85 38 Higley Road
40.67 40 Williams Field Road SanTan Villagemarker Mall and Power Center
41.23 41 Santan Village Parkway Eastbound exit and westbound entrance, Santan Village Mall and Power Center
42.84 42 Val Vista Drive Mercy Gilbert Hospital
44.01 44 Gilbert Road Gilbertmarker
Chandlermarker 45.47 45 Cooper Road Chandler Municipal Airport
46.10 46 McQueen Road
47.92 47 Chandlermarker
48.74 48 Alma School Road
49.90 49 Dobson Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
50.72 50A
50.98 50B Price Road
51.75 51 McClintock Drive, Chandler Village Drive Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
52.18 52 Kyrene Road
54.10 53
Phoenixmarker Pecos Road Continuation beyond I-10 as a surface street along the south side of South Mountainmarker


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