Arizona Loop 202 Inner Loop - Red Mountain Freeway

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Arizona Loop 202 - Inner Loop
Just after the beginning of Loop 202, the first exit is Exit 1C, 32nd Street. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Distance sign to 32nd Street, 40th/44th Streets, and Arizona 143/McDowell Road. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Exit 1C departs here to serve 32nd Street. Loop 202 is now travelling through East Phoenix. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Advance signage for exit 2, 40th/44th Street. Use 44th Street for access to Sky Harbor Airport. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Exit 2 departs here for 40th and 44th streets. Loop 202 passes through a large undeveloped area, originally slated to be the site for Brigham Young University (Arizona). Photo taken 07/15/07.
Advance signage for exit 3, Arizona 143, McDowell Road and Washington Street. Loop 202 is elevated between the Mini-Stack (Interstate 10) and 52nd Street. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Exit 3 departs here for Arizona 143. Arizona 143 travels south to Interstate 10, with ramps serving McDowell Road and Washington Street from this interchange (known as the East Papago interchange). Photo taken 07/15/07.
Distance sign to 52nd Street and Van Buren Street, Priest Drive and Scottsdale Road. Loop 202 passes the shuttered Le Natures bottled water plant here. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Exit 4 serves 52nd Street and Van Buren Street. Loop 202 turns southbound here to paralell Arizona 143. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Advance signage for exit 6 serving Priest Drive and Center Parkway. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Exit 6 departs here for Priest Drive and Center Parkway. Use Exit 6 to reach downtown Tempe. Photo taken 07/15/07.
After traffic from Sky Harbor Airport (via Loop 202 Spur) joins Loop 202, the next exit is exit 7 serving Rural Road and Scottsdale Road. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Distance sign to Scottsdale Road, McClintock Road and Loop 202. Loop 202 runs alongside the Salt River and Tempe Town Lake, which is now seeing high-rise development along both shores. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Exit 7 serves Rural Road and Scottsdale Road. Use Rural Road to reach Arizona State University and Sun Devil Stadium, and Scottsdale Road to reach downtown Scottsdale. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Advance signage for Loop 101. This section of freeway is often congested during rush hour with traffic destined for Loop 101. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Advance signage for exit 8, McClintock Drive. Photo taken 07/15/07.
McClintock Drive exits here, as exit 8. Use McClintock Drive to reach Tempe Marketplace. Hazardous Cargo must exit here, as hazardous cargo is not permitted on the bridge leading up to Loop 101. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Advance signage for Loop 101, exit 9. This section of Loop 202 is built on a mile-long bridge above the Salt River, built over the riverbed to avoid disturbing a hazardous waste site on the north bank of the river. Photo taken 07/15/07.
The right lane exits to Loop 101. Notice the remaining blue shields for Loop 101, which are disappearing rapidly. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Loop 101 departs here, as exit 9. The HOV lane ends here, as well as a planned widening project to widen Loop 202 by one lane (from the Mini-Stack at Interstate 10 to Loop 101). Photo taken 07/15/07.
Under the shadows of Loop 101, we find advance signage for exit 10, Dobson Road. Photo taken 07/15/07.
After the Loop 101 interchange, Eastbound Loop 202 approaches Exit 10, Dobson Road. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Eastbound Loop 202 at Dobson Road. Use Dobson Road to reach Riverview at Mesa. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Eastbound Loop 202 approaching Exit 11, Alma School Road, three-quarters of a mile. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Eastbound Loop 202 approaching Exit 11, Alma School Road, one half mile. The next exits are for McKellips Road and Arizona 87/Country Club Road, both of which lead into Mesa. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Eastbound Loop 202 approaching Exit 11, Alma School Road, next right. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Eastbound Loop 202 at Exit 11, Alma School Road. The freeway is riding near the floodplain of the Salt River (Rio Salado), which is why there was minimal development in this area. Photo taken 07/15/07.
Eastbound Loop 202 approaching Exit 12, McKellips Road. Motorists accessing Arizona 87/Country Club Drive should use Exit 13. Photo taken 02/03/03.
Eastbound Loop 202 approaching Exit 12, McKellips Road, one half mile. Finally, a sun angle more fitting for the Valley of the Sun! Photo taken 02/03/03.
Eastbound Loop 202 approaching Exit 12, McKellips Road, one-quarter mile. Motorists accessing Arizona 87/Country Club Drive should use Exit 13. Photo taken 02/03/03.
Eastbound Loop 202 at Exit 12, McKellips Road. Photo taken 02/03/03.
Eastbound Loop 202 on the offramp to Exit 12, McKellips Road. The advance sign to Arizona 87/Country Club Drive is visible from the exit ramp. Photo taken 02/03/03.
Use Arizona Avenue (Arizona 87), exit 13, to reach downtown Mesa and the Mormon Temple. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Exit 13 departs here for Arizona 87, Country Club Drive. Arizona 87 travels north to Payson and Winslow, and south to Chandler and Coolidge. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Distance sign to the next three exits - Gilbert Road, Val Vista Drive, and Greenfield Road. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Distance sign to the same three exits as the last sign, only a mile closer - Gilbert Road, Val Vista Drive and Greenfield Road. Loop 202 travels slightly below grade between high sound walls to mitigate the impact of the freeway through this residential area. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Use exit 16, Gilbert Road, to reach McDowell Road. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Gilbert Road exits here, as exit 16. In the background is the dual set of bridges for McDowell Road and Gilbert Road, as Loop 202 passes next to the intersection of the two roads. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Distance sign to Val Vista Drive, Greenfield Road and Higley Road. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Val Vista Drive exits here, as exit 19. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Advance signage for exit 20, Greenfield Road. Notice the Loop 202 trailblazer alongside the freeway. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Greenfield Road departs here, as exit 20. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Distance sign to Higley Road, Recker Road and Power Road. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Advance signage for exit 21, Higley Road. Use Higley Road to reach Falcon Field, a general aviation airport in Mesa that is also home to a branch of the Commemorative Air Force. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Higley Road departs here as exit 21. We are in East Mesa now, in an area rapidly developed during the 1990s. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Distance sign to Recker Road and Power Road. This sign is mounted on the Higley Road overpass. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Advance signage for exit 22, Recker Road. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Recker Road departs here, as exit 22. The next, and final exit along the Red Mountain Freeway is Power Road, which is the temporary end of the freeway. Photo taken 01/20/07.
Exit 23A serves Power Road and the temporary end of Loop 202. Photo taken 09/02/07.
The newest section of Loop 202, from University Drive to U.S. 60, opened in 2007. This is taken from the University Drive ramp entering the new freeway. Photo taken 09/02/07.
Advance signage for exit 28, Broadway Road. This sign is mounted on the Apache Trail (old U.S. 60) bridge. Photo taken 09/02/07.
Broadway Road departs here, as exit 28. Photo taken 09/02/07.
Advance signage for exit 30A/B, U.S. 60. Photo taken 09/02/07.
Use U.S. 60 west to reach Phoenix and Tempe, and U.S. 60 east to reach Apache Junction and Globe. Photo taken 09/02/07.
Exit 30A departs here for U.S. 60 East. Photo taken 09/02/07.
Exit 30B departs for U.S. 60 West here. Photo taken 09/02/07.



Photo Credits:

  • 02/03/03 by AARoads.
  • 01/20/07 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 07/15/07 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 09/02/07 by Kevin Trinkle.

Page Updated 11-06-2007.