Loop 303 nearly complete

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- A new 14-mile stretch of Loop 303 near Happy Valley Parkway in northwest Peoria is slated to open to traffic in just a few weeks. This section of the 303 runs from Happy valley Parkway to Interstate 17.

Bruce Haffner gave us a look Thursday morning and explained what this will mean to commuters.

While there won't be any traffic on this portion of the 303 until mid-May, a public open house will be help on Saturday, May 7, allowing people a chance to walk, jog and bike along the freeway prior to its official opening.

Once it's complete, Loop 303 will cover more than 40 miles of the West Valley, ultimately extending from the proposed State Route 801 (the future Interstate 10 reliever freeway) a few miles south of I-10 in Goodyear to Interstate 17 (Black Canyon Freeway) near Lone Mountain Road, two miles south of State Route 74 (Carefree Highway) in Phoenix.

Currently, Loop 303 extends for more than 21 miles from Interstate 10 in Goodyear to Happy Valley Parkway in Peoria, operating primarily as a two-lane roadway from I-10 to US 60 (Grand Avenue), and becoming a four-lane divided highway from US 60 to Happy Valley Parkway. 

Funding for transportation improvements included in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), of which the Loop 303 is a part, is provided by a regional half-cent sales tax, which was approved by voters in 2004 and became effective in January 2006.