It’s time to turn up the heat! FHWA In Favor of Building Freeway!

Posted: March 15, 2015 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

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March 12, 2015

On March 5th, 2015, the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) released their Record of Decision (ROD) in favor of building the South Mountain Freeway. The ROD is a document that gives the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) the approval to begin acquiring right of ways and to begin construction of the 22-mile-long freeway that blasts through three ridges of Moadak Do’ag (South Mountain). Moadak Do’ag is sacred to all O’otham tribes and holds cultural significance to eighteen other tribes.


This project has been opposed by members of the Gila River Indian Community since the 1980s. There are numerous harmful impacts of freeway construction which include destroying the prehistoric villages of Villa Buena and Pueblo del Alamo, the destruction of threatened/endangered animal habitats, and the destruction of plants that are central to traditional O’otham culture. Environmental impact studies of the 202 freeway also state that the habitat for wild…

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  1. martin nix says:

    If they do this, at least force them to put in some “wildlife crossings”. These are bridges that have natural vegetation on top, the traffic tunnels through. Still though, they need to be working on “none car alternatives” and put in a better bicycle path and transit system.

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