State Route 24 in Southeast Valley Will Open Next Month

Officials celebrate the impending completion of State Route 24. From left: Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona; Alberto Gutier, director of Governor's Office of Highway Safety; Jane Morris, executive director of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority; Robert Halliday, director of Arizona Department of Public Safety; John Halikowski, director of Arizona Department of Transportation; Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa

Officials celebrate the impending completion of State Route 24. From left: Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona; Alberto Gutier, director of Governor’s Office of Highway Safety; Jane Morris, executive director of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority; Robert Halliday, director of Arizona Department of Public Safety; John Halikowski, director of Arizona Department of Transportation; Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa. | Courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation

There’s nothing we at Arizona Highways love more than … well, Arizona highways. See? It’s right there in our name. So we’re understandably excited about the newest highway in Arizona: State Route 24, also known as the Gateway Freeway.

The route connects State Route 202 (the “Loop 202″ to locals) to Ellsworth Road near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in the Southeast Valley. It’s only a mile long, but anytime a highway opens, it’s a relatively big deal. Our bosses at the Arizona Department of Transportation hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public open house at the freeway on Tuesday. The event included a speech by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and ADOT director John Halikowski said

when regional and state funding are available, SR 24 will be expanded to connect to a planned Pinal County transportation corridor.

In addition to being the newest, SR 24 is also the lowest-numbered state highway in Arizona.

For more information about the new road, visit ADOT’s website.

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