Political Bites : South Mountain Freeway on Tribal Land

South Mountain Freeway

Copyright Alan Stark

Did the Gila River Indian Community and the state err in not working out a deal to build the South Mountain Freeway on tribal land?

Arizona Department of Transportation (and the voters) believe there should be a South Mountain freeway.  Certainly there are a number of people that believe more vehicular traffic is bad and that air quality will suffer and that NO freeway should be built.  However, they seem to have cutoff their nose to spite their proverbial faces.  By not having the freeway go through tribal land, if it goes through it will now have to take out some of South Mountain.  Which seems tragic.  I get worried about more freeway propagation, but if we build we shouldn’t be running through our public open spaces to do so.