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New carpool lanes open on Loop 202 in Mesa

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Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2010 4:15 pm | Updated: 5:59 pm, Tue Jul 20, 2010.

New carpool lanes have opened on the Red Mountain Freeway stretch of Loop 202, giving drivers a wider path between Mesa and Phoenix.

The Arizona Department of Transportation opened a 7-mile stretch of westbound high-occupancy vehicle lane between Gilbert Road and Loop 101 on Saturday. The eastbound HOV lane in the same area opened a week earlier.

The new carpool lanes, along with an 11-mile widening project between the junction of Interstate 10 and state Route 51 and the Loop 101 in Tempe and Phoenix, are the final step in a 20-month-long effort to improve traffic flow along the oldest part of the Red Mountain Freeway, said ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel. The work started in early 2009.

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