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Courts reject attempts to stop South Mountain Freeway construction for fifth time

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PHOENIX — Those opposed to the construction of South Mountain Freeway aren’t having any luck through the United States legal system.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, courts rejected attempts to stop construction of the freeway for the fifth time.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Gila River Indian Community’s motion for an injunction pending appeal this week.

“The Arizona Department of Transportation and its partners are moving forward with construction of a freeway that will improve the quality of life in this region, connecting people with employment centers and providing a much-needed alternative to a strained Interstate 10 through downtown Phoenix,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said.

ADOT will continue construction of the freeway system that will complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 by connecting I-10 at the Loop 202 Santan interchange and the I-10 Papago Freeway.

The project began construction in September.

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