ADOT: Center section of South Mountain Freeway now under construction

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Crews have been constructing the freeway since last summer. (Source: ADOT) Crews have been constructing the freeway since last summer. (Source: ADOT)
Center section of South Mountain Freeway  that's now under construction. (Source: ADOT) Center section of South Mountain Freeway that's now under construction. (Source: ADOT)
ADOT hopes to have the freeway completed by the end of 2019. (Source: ADOT) ADOT hopes to have the freeway completed by the end of 2019. (Source: ADOT)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Another section of the South Mountain Freeway is now under construction.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says crews building the South Mountain Freeway are beginning initial work on a 3-mile stretch at the center of the freeway that will pass through the southwestern edge of South Mountain Park.

[RELATED: South Mountain Freeway construction to ramp up in 2018]

This center segment is between 51st Avenue and 32nd Lane and will create five multi-use crossings and multiple drainage structures, ADOT said. During this construction, ADOT anticipates there will be recurring traffic restrictions on 51st Avenue, Dusty Lane and Ivanhoe Street.

[RELATED: South Mountain Freeway project starting to take shape (July 12, 2017)]

Crews are already creating right-of-way fencing and on the lookout for trees and cacti in the construction path that they can save. Over the course of the construction, these plants will be moved to a temporary nursery until they’re eventually planted along the freeway, ADOT said.

[RELATED: First bridge installation of South Mountain Freeway complete]

Beginning this week, crews will assess the condition of rock and soil as well as the depth of groundwater below the freeway alignment. This investigation, a norm for all freeway projects, will allow engineers plan for pavement, bridges, walls and drainage structures, ADOT said.

[MORE: New South Mountain Freeway to utilize 'diverging diamond interchange' (March 17, 2017)]

For more information on the South Mountain Freeway project, you can go to their site.

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