The long awaited opening of the final 4.5 mile section of the Loop 202 in the East Valley

Loop 202 East ValleyGetting around the East Valley will get easier as of July 21, 2008 as the final section of the 202 will be opened for traffic.  As a Realtor, this is something I’ve been anxiously anticipating for years. The Loop 202 has become my favorite highway, but don’t tell anyone or it will soon become clogged just like the others.  As of now, commuting is still pretty much a breeze except for some minor backups during rush hour. 

The entire Loop 202 crosses Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe before intersecting with Loop 101, AZ 51 and I-10 and will certainly help to ease congestion. 

The 4.5 mile section that is opening next Monday from University Drive to Power Road cost $195 Million Dollars and was the most complex due to the amount of dirt that had to be excavated and flood control barriers that had to be built.  You may remember construction was delayed last summer when one of the concrete beams resting on a 25 foot high bridge toppled, creating a domino effect and causing 9 other girders to fall.  Wonder how you lean concrete beam on a 25 foot high bridge?  Was it lunch time and someone said…Oh…I think I’ll just leave it here for a minute?  Did lunch drag on that someone forgot where he had put the concrete beam?  Kinda makes you wonder. 

Anyway…Happy Commuting!