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Highway Construction to Begin at South Mountain Park

Crews are readying for the building of a controversial eight-lane highway across three peaks.

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South Mountain ParkMartin Ely

Construction of the South Mountain Freeway is set to begin across three peaks in South Mountain Park, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced. The Gila River Indian Community and a number of other tribes strenuously opposed the $1.7 billion freeway because many consider South Mountain a sacred site.