Three major freeways serve the needs of our community: The Santan Freeway (202), that opened Nov. 17, 2003, goes from west to east; the Price Freeway (101) from north to south; and Interstate-10 sits at the western edge of the City.
Planning for the Santan Freeway (Loop 202) has been under way for over a dozen years. Freeway location alternatives were first identified by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in a 1987 Location/Design Study and finalized in a subsequent Design Concept Report (1988) and General Plan (1993).
ADOT held a series of public hearings to solicit public comments regarding decisions about the freeway’s horizontal and vertical profile and the location of sound walls. The first meetings were held in the late 1980's. Based on the input provided at these meetings, a Draft Environmental Assessment was developed. The Environmental Assessment was updated through a series of public meetings again in 1999.
The Santan Freeway provides three general purpose lanes in each direction, auxiliary lanes between one-mile traffic interchanges, a median with cable barrier and traffic interchanges at most major arterial crossings. The freeway will not have frontage roads. However, short connector roads have been built between McClintock Drive and Chandler Village Drive for local access on both sides of the highway.
There is a free-flow, freeway to freeway interchanges at Interstate 10, the Price Freeway (Loop 101) and where the Santan connects with U.S. 60 (the Superstition Freeway).
A number of Chandler streets are intersected by the Santan Freeway, passing over or under the freeway. The Santan Freeway crosses over 56th Street and Arizona Avenue as well as over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks located east of Arizona Avenue and the Consolidated Canal situated east of McQueen Road. The Santan Freeway crosses under eight Chandler streets. They are: 1) Kyrene Road, 2) McClintock Drive, 3) Chandler Village Drive, 4) Price Road, 5) Dobson Road; 6) Alma School Road, 7) McQueen Road, 8) Cooper Road, and 9) Gilbert Road.