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Project Profile: Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway - Phoenix, Arizona

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Phoenix, Arizona

Project Sponsor

Arizona Department of Transportation

Program Areas

Alternative Project DeliveryProject FinanceValue Capture

Value Capture Techniques Sales Tax Districts



The Loop 202 freeway, also known as the South Mountain Freeway, is a 22-mile, 8-lane freeway that will complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeway system in the southwestern quadrant of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Starting near Chandler, the freeway will run west along Pecos Road and then turn north between 55th and 63rd Avenues, connecting with Interstate 10 on each end. The project has been included in regional plans since 1985.

The freeway provides three general-purpose lanes and one HOV lane in each direction with direct connector ramps to and from I-10 at its eastern and western termini. The project includes over 50 overpasses carrying local streets and arterials, as well as a bridge over the Salt River Bridge that will extend for nearly 3,000 feet. The freeway will have thirteen interchanges spaced at approximately one-mile intervals.

The project has been procured as a P3 where the selected design-build team will also maintain the roadway under a 30-year agreement.


$1.837 billion (YOE, not including financing costs)

Funding Sources

Federal funds - $493.8 million

State Highway User Revenue Fund (state fuel taxes, vehicle license taxes, registration fees, and other sources) Bonds - $205.9 million

Regional Area Road Fund (1/2-cent sales tax) - $702.4 million

Regional Area Road Fund Bonds - $435.3 million

Project Delivery / Contract Method


Private Partner

Connect 202 Partners

  • Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
  • Granite Construction Co.
  • Ames Construction, Inc.
Project Advisors / Consultants

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff - Lead designer

Fluor / DBi Services - Maintenance

AZTEC, Stanley Consultants, Kleinfelder, amec, Transtec - Additional design, geotechnical, utility, and pavement engineering

GCI - Public relations

Independent quality - Raba Kistner



Duration / Status

Commercial close February 26, 2016.

Construction began in September 2016 and the project is expected to be open to traffic in late 2019 or early 2020.

Financial Status

Bond issues are expected in 2016 and 2018.

  • The project is the first transportation P3 in the state of Arizona.
  • The design-build-maintain delivery is estimated to save $122 million over a traditional design-bid-build model that would have divided the project into 9 segments and taken 3 more years to complete.
Related Links / Articles

AZDOT Project Website


Arizona DOT
Tel: (602) 712-7006

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