The Arizona Department of Transportation, along with the Federal Highway Administration, have asked a court to dismiss lawsuits challenging the South Mountain Freeway.
In an April 25 motion, the departments argued that voters have wanted the freeway — which would extend the Loop 202 from its current end point at Interstate 10 and Pecos Road to about 59th Avenue, where it would cut north to reconnect with I-10 — for years.
Both lawsuits accuse ADOT of failing to carry out due diligence in regards to its Environment Impact Study.
The Gila River Indian Community said the freeway would cut through sacred land and major tribal water sources.
ADOT and FHA are scheduled to argue their case in U.S. District Court in Phoenix on May 11.
ADOT is scheduled to begin construction on the project later this summer. The agency believes it will be completed years ahead of schedule and cost $122M less than original estimates.
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