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New freeway connection opens in metro Phoenix

MESA, Ariz. — The first mile of a new freeway in Mesa is open and
connected with an existing one.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said the new freeway is State Route
24, the Gateway Freeway.

It opened to traffic late Sunday afternoon and now connects freeway-to-freeway
with the Loop 202, also known as the Santan Freeway.

ADOT said the one-mile stretch of SR 24 between Loop 202 and Ellsworth Road
provides improved access to development in the region around Phoenix-Mesa
Gateway Airport.

Construction of the $73 million dollar project began in March 2012.