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MAG unveils plans for new Loop 202 stretch

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Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 9:03 am | Updated: 1:17 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Maricopa Association of Governments is calling for an eight-lane Loop 202 running 22 miles and connecting Chandler with west Phoenix.

MAG transportation director Eric Anderson said the cost of the connector is an estimated $1.9 billion. Construction wouldn't begin until 2017.

Earlier, MAG planners had proposed a 45-mile-per-hour parkway for the section of the proposed South Mountain Freeway through the Ahwatukee Foothills and part of the South Mountain preserve. Prior to that, a 10-lane freeway was in the works.

Some Ahwatukee residents don't want the extension running through their community. They fear a Loop 202 extension will create noise, air pollution and possibly harm wildlife in South Mountain Park.

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