Other Issues

PARC questions assumptions used to justify the South Mountain Freeway, as well as some of ADOT’s questionable decisions, such as:

  • ADOT’s declared CANAMEX corridor that would go elsewhere (unfunded)
  • Replacement for the existing and undeveloped AZ 85 Gila Bend – Buckeye bypass (ADOT is still not working on a freeway there)
  • Lack of connection to the West Valley Loop 101 (ADOT would not take the recommendation of their own Citizens Advisory Team – instead bowing to outside bureaucratic and commercial interests to connect the SMF to I-10 elsewhere)
  • ADOT is invoking their power of Eminent Domain to use City of Phoenix South Mountain Preserve and South Mountain Park land for the SMF right-of-way, in spite of the fact that this action has been unanimously opposed by the Phoenix Mountains Preserves Council and the Park Board Trustees and Phoenix City Charter calls for a citywide vote before such action can be taken
  • Continued disruption of already strained relations with the immediately adjacent Gila River Indian Community, a sovereign nation that has continuously and steadily opposed this project on the currently proposed route through their sacred South Mountain
  • Major environmental, cultural and health impacts of this freeway due to its unique location, the extended delay (25 years) in funding / implementation and poor urban planning associated with land acquisition and use