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Opening Of South Mountain Freeway Nears; Celebration Scheduled

Anyone who drives through the valley area will soon have a new route to take with the opening of an east-west freeway that will skirt the often-congested section of Interstate 10 through downtown Phoenix.

Governor Doug Ducey and other government officials will gather Wednesday at new bridges over the Salt River to celebrate the upcoming opening of the 22-mile South Mountain Freeway.

The new South Mountain is part of the Loop 202 freeway already ringing much of the Phoenix metro area and will provide a new connection between the Loop 202 Santan Freeway in Chandler and Interstate 10 in southwest Phoenix.

An Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman says the exact day and time the freeway will open has yet to be determined.

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