Maricopa considers parkway instead of freeway for Ahwatukee

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Considering parkway instead of freeway

PHOENIX - Government officials are considering a parkway instead of more freeway through Ahwatukee.

For five years, residents have fought against a ten-lane freeway extension to the Loop 202.

It would go through Ahwatukee and South Mountain Park all the way to west Phoenix.

Now the Maricopa Association of Goverments is considering a parkway instead.

It would have four lanes in each direction, a speed limit of 45 miles per hour, and a system of u-turns every one-eighth a mile.

A MAG spokesperson said it would be millions of dollars cheaper than a freeway, would keep traffic moving smoothly, and save hundreds of homes from destruction.