- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - I’ll take more time for a federal judge to resolve legal challenges to a planned Phoenix-area freeway.

The South Mountain Freeway faces challenges from the Gila River Indian Community and a coalition of environmental and community groups.

U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa (hoo-mee-TEE’-wah) has granted sides in the court case extensions on deadlines to produce documents and for plaintiffs to respond with court filings.

The sides told the judge that construction isn’t scheduled to start until mid-2016 and the Arizona Department of Transportation says the changes in the court case’s schedule doesn’t change that.

The freeway would extend the Loop 202 by 22 miles to connect Interstate 10 in Chandler and Laveen.

The federal government cleared the Arizona Department of Transportation to proceed with the freeway in March.


This story has been corrected to reflect that the time extensions affect the court case, not the construction schedule.

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