AHWATUKEE (3TV/CBS 5) - Popular demand caused Arizona Department of Transportation to add an interchange to the South Mountain Freeway project.

Originally plans called for the freeway to pass over 32nd Street with no direct access.

That was the plan since 2005 when the overall project began being designed.

After the environmental phase of the project finished, people started requesting the construction of an interchange.

Soon, ADOT re-evaluated things.

"Even after we completed this whole environmental phase, we continued to receive feedback and we continued to listen to the public,” said Dustin Krugel with ADOT.

ADOT held a public meeting about the possible addition.

To their surprise, a record 1,700 comments came in, many of them in support of interchange.

With numbers like that, ADOT switched things up.

"We did commit to studying this interchange, and we completed the study, and we're going to get this interchange built," Krugel insisted.

As things stand right now, the freeway could be finished this time next year with work on the interchange happening in 2020.


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