PARC fights South Mountain Freeway

$31,125 of $100k goal

Raised by 480 people in 17 months
Pat Lawlis   PHOENIX, AZ
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is hoping they have convinced the public that the South Mountain Freeway (SMF) is a “done deal.” While it is true that ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have released a Record of Decision (ROD) to build the SMF, this event marks the beginning of the real work for which Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC) has been preparing for years. The ROD is the end of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It marks the beginning, however, of the legal process that is permitted by law.

PARC has responded to the Draft EIS released in 2013 and the Final EIS released in 2014 with in-depth expert commentary identifying the unresolved issues brought to light during the EIS process. For the most part, ADOT has not resolved these issues. That means that PARC’s expert comments regarding the unresolved issues provide a basis – a very strong basis – for legal action against building the SMF.

With the release of the ROD, ADOT threw the public a curve ball and decided not to permit an appeal. The bad side of this is that they began planning and buying homes immediately. The good side is that PARC has already been able to file suit against ADOT and the FHWA in federal court. 

PARC entered the legal process with what we expect will stop the SMF for good. Pessimists say that suing the government is a useless exercise, but they are wrong. A good body of case law exists on other freeways that have been stopped. In most of these cases, a freeway was stopped just because one important issue was not resolved. PARC has at least seven (7) areas of issues with the SMF, and any one of them can stop this freeway! Putting all these issues together makes PARC’s chances of winning in court extremely good.

These issues are:

·      Distortion of purpose and need for the SMF – the SMF would not improve traffic congestion, it would just bring truck traffic closer to downtown

·      Air pollution – would be considerably worsened rather than helped as ADOT claims

·      Negative health effects – especially for children living and going to school within ½ mile of the SMF, there are 15,000 children in 17 schools right next to the proposed freeway

·      Destruction of wells – wells in the SMF right-of-way are currently used to water golf courses and fill lakes, drilling in the area has shown that it isn’t likely they can be replaced

·      Danger from hazardous materials – estimates are that several thousand hazmats per day would drive through a heavily populated area with limited egress in case of a spill, yet ADOT has no plan for protecting the population

·      Desecration of South Mountain – home to South Mountain Park/Preserve, the country’s largest wilderness municipal park, South Mountain is also sacred to several Native American tribes in Arizona, yet ADOT would destroy 3 mountain ridges for the SMF

·      Destruction of quality of life – noise could not be contained with an above-ground freeway next to the foothills of South Mountain, crime that is currently extremely low in the “world’s largest cul de sac” would be greatly facilitated by a freeway, and home values would plummet  

With the expectation of a long and difficult court case, PARC needs donations of all sizes! Thank you!
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Update 67
2 days ago
Who will give $50 to bring our GoFundMe fund up to $31K? #FreewayNonsense
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Update 66
20 days ago
$30,000 and counting just in GoFundMe! Thank you donors! #FreewayNonsense
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Update 65
21 days ago
Who will give that last $55 to take the total to $30,000 on Independence Day? #FreewayNonsense
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Update 64
1 month ago
Just $800 from $30K! The fundraising continues! #FreewayNonsense
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Jim Brophy
17 months ago
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Good luck and thank you!

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15 months ago
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What's the $25 Challenge?

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$31,125 of $100k goal

Raised by 480 people in 17 months
Created February 22, 2015
LG
$50
Lauri Gallagher
2 days ago
TC
$25
Tim Christensen
2 days ago
$100
Jonathan Bartlett
2 days ago
DM
$100
Dan and Marcela Moat
2 days ago
$19
Anonymous
4 days ago
$100
Anonymous
6 days ago
$40
Mark Coryell
9 days ago

I'm contributing in honor of Connie's birthday. This is NOT just a Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) issue. This affects the future of land development and effective transportation in Phoenix. We can either continue along the failed transportation policies of the past or join other more progressive cities like Portland, San Francisco, and even Los Angeles and plan for a better future.

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$20
Dawn Workman
9 days ago
$71
Connie Squires
9 days ago

Today, on my birthday, I give PARC a gift of $71.00. Like so many of you, I wait not so patiently during this "Overtime" for a Federal Judge's Ruling which may declare PARC the "Winner" in many respects. The "Loser" will appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco. Since before PARC was organized in 2006, I have supported the cause that PARC fights for every day in 2016. This tense waiting feels like a double or triple "Overtime"!!! Cheering for PARC is one thing. Making donations to PARC is quite another. This is not a game we are involved in. If we win, I WILL support PARC's fight until we win in CA. If we lose, I will definitely continue to support PARC's fight until we WIN in CA!!!

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$100
Richard McCann
9 days ago
Jim Brophy
17 months ago
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Good luck and thank you!

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Kent Meagher
15 months ago
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What's the $25 Challenge?

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Tracy Wittrock Poulos
16 months ago
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Thank You !

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