The debate regarding whether or not to extend the Loop 202 to connect with the West Valley has dragged on for years, well before I moved to Ahwatukee in 1998. With construction beginning in 2016 and projected to end in 2019, the $1.75 billion-dollar project is leaving the community worried about excess construction and noise pollution negatively impacting home values, as well as creating safety concerns for the thousands of children attending the 17 schools along the proposed alignment.
We have to do better. I commit to working with Federal, State, and Local agencies around the clock to minimize harm and impact to quality of life, including prioritizing sound barriers to restrict noise pollution and keep children away from the freeway. Parents shouldn’t be worried about their kids being near heavy machinery during construction. It will take real leadership to keep our kids safe.
Currently, the construction of Pecos Road is a dangerous mess. Traffic is tight, speed limits are not being obeyed or enforced, and it simply is not safe for residents to drive on. District 6 needs to lead on this issue and prioritize making the 202 work for residents, not government officials.