After construction on 40 bridges over more than two years, workers have placed the final girder for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, the Arizona Department of Transportation's single largest-ever freeway construction project.
Crews with Connect 202 Partners, the freeway developer, lowered the 91-ft., 77,000-lb.
Two years after construction began on an interchange connecting Interstate 10 and the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, crews have placed the final bridge girders needed for this huge Arizona Department of Transportation project in west Phoenix.
The milestone occurred when Connect 202 Partners, the developer of the South Mountain Freeway, placed 21 concrete support beams, measuring up to 128 ft.
The Loop 202, Arizona's South Mountain Freeway, will add 22 mi. of freeway to the existing Phoenix metropolitan transportation system, easing traffic congestion and connecting the east and west valleys.
Major construction began in early 2017. The project is scheduled for full completion in 2020, although traffic is expected to be using the freeway earlier.
Nearly two years after the first girder was set on Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, the last support beam has been installed for the Dobbins Road interchange, marking the final girder placed on the Salt River segment of the freeway in the Laveen area.
The team building the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, Arizona's largest single highway project ever, has awarded more than $100 million in contracts to local small businesses run by socially and economically disadvantaged groups, including minorities and women.
One year after major construction began on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, bridges have been built from the ground up, a massive amount of earth has been moved and compacted, and an emerging I-10 interchange has changed the West Valley skyline.
The South Mountain Freeway is more than 35 percent complete from design to utilities to right-of-way acquisition to construction.