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Feds approve $1.9 billion South Mountain freeway project

The red line shows a potential route for the South Mountain Freeway.

The red line shows a potential route for the South Mountain Freeway.

The federal government has given final approval to a $1.9 billion project to extend the Loop 202 freeway around the southern edge of the Phoenix area.

The approval from the Federal Highway Administration clears the way for property that lies in the path of the freeway to be acquired and for construction to begin on the 22-mile extension.

The South Mountain Freeway would extend from Interstate 10 near the Ahwatukee section of southeast Phoenix to Interstate 10 on the metro area’s west side.

The project was first proposed in the 1980s.

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