Arizona DOT says South Mountain Freeway extension 2/3 complete

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway extension is two-thirds complete and should open in 2019, Fox 10 reports.

Crews have poured more than 107,000 pounds of asphalt, moved nearly 10 million cubic yards of dirt, and used nearly 11,000 tons of rebar, as well as 20 miles of drainage pipe.

“The most challenging parts are the new Loop 202 interchange at 59th Ave. in West Valley,” said ADOT’s Dustin Krugel, according to the news agency. “Nearly 200,000 vehicles a day, building a new interchange at this location. We have had 1,000 workers, local businesses throughout the area, couldn’t do it without their help.”