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State to remove homes in path of Phoenix freeway expansion

An Arizona Department of Transportation video shows a portion of the proposed South Mountain Freeway. (ADOT website)

An Arizona Department of Transportation video shows a portion of the proposed South Mountain Freeway. (ADOT website)

Crews are set to demolish nearly 200 vacant homes, clearing the way for the expansion of a metropolitan Phoenix freeway.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say the first house is expected to come down Thursday morning.

Workers spent the previous day salvaging some materials from the properties, which are owned by the state.

ADOT has spent the last 20 years acquiring the properties ai??i?? which include homes, businesses and industrial sites ai??i?? ahead of construction that will start next year.

The Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway is the final piece left in the Loop 202 system linking Phoenix suburbs in the west and east.

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