After an unsolicited public-private partnership proposal was submitted in 2013, ADOT sought proposals from qualified teams vying to develop the 22-mile-long freeway, which is the last piece of the Loop 202 system and a critical direct link between the West Valley and East Valley in the Phoenix metro. From the five initial proposals submitted, three finalists were selected after a qualifications assessment to advance in the selection process.
ADOT is expected to finalize the contract with Connect 202 Partners by mid-February.
“The South Mountain Freeway is a critical piece of the MAG freeway program,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane, chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council. “The freeway has been included in the voter-approved Regional Transportation Plan since 1985 and will provide improved mobility for residents in the MAG region. The design, construction and maintenance of the freeway by a private developer is a unique and innovative approach to delivering this important project.”
The Loop 202/South Mountain Freeway was originally proposed in 1985 and is the last remaining portion of the regional freeways to begin development.