Ahwatukee residents have known for years that a freeway, “The South Mountain Freeway”, was planned along the southern border of Ahwatukee and the Gila River Community. What was never explained with any clarity was whether the extension would be on the current Pecos Rd. footprint or if it would be constructed south of the power lines on Gila River Community lands. If the South Mountain Freeway 202 extension proceeds down the Pecos corridor it has been explained that up to 100 Ahwatukee Homes and a church would have to be torn down. On the Gila River Community side there are issues with protecting sacred South Mountain sites, pollution that would potentially build up in the Gila River Community and the economic benefits of new much needed new jobs that could accrue in the Gila River Community if the road is built on Gila River Community lands.
A referendum is scheduled for next week to determine if the Gila River community members will approve the construction of the 202 extension on Gila River Community lands. As the referendum for the extension of the 202 looms of the Gila River tribal members, they are divided over the issues. Allie Seligman does a great job of sorting the issues in “The Republic” as reported on azcentral. Allie Seligman – Jan. 29, 2012 09:42 PM
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Ahwatukee and Gila River Community residents, let us know what you think below.