Loop 202 - Red Mountain Freeway

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The Red Mountain Freeway forms the upper portion of the Loop 202 beltway system around the Phoenix area. Originating from the I-10/State Route 51 Mini-Stack interchange, Arizona Loop 202 initially travels east along the Red Mountain Freeway through Tempe and Mesa, connecting to the Sky Harbor (State Route 143) and Loop 101 freeways. Loop 202 turns at Power Road (Exit 23A), following the Fannin-McFarland Aqueduct southeast to University Drive (Exit 27) before bending south. The Red Mountain Freeway ends at the exchange with the Superstition Freeway (U.S. 60), as the Santan Freeway continues Loop 202 to Chandler.

Arizona Loop 202 East


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Initial confirming marker for Loop 202 is posted ahead of the ramp to 32nd Street (Exit 1C). 32nd Street ties the Red Mountain Freeway with the Everlee Terrace and Indian Valley neighborhoods.
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State Route 143 (Hohokam Expressway) joins Loop 202 east with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in 0.75 miles.
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The Hohokam Expressway (SR 143) extends 4.06 miles south from McDowell Road to I-10 (Maricopa Freeway) opposite 48th Street.
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Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) spans Van Buren Street as it briefly dips south.
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Loop 202 re-curves east as Sky Harbor Boulevard ties into the Red Mountain Freeway and Priest Road (Exit 6), at the base of the Salt River.
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Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) lines the Salt River between Exit 6 (Priest Drive) and Exit 11 (Alma School Road).
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The Salt River is a tributary of the Gila River, flowing 200 miles between southwest Phoenix and the Black and White Rivers in Gila County.
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Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) east meets Loop 101 in one mile at a multi-level interchange.
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A wye interchange joins the Red Mountain Freeway with McClintock Drive one mile ahead of the exchange with Loop 101 (Exit 9).
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Interests to the Superstition Freeway (U.S. 60) are advised to depart Loop 101 (Price Freeway) south ahead.
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Loop 101 forms a 61.01-mile beltway, connecting the Red Mountain Freeway with Chandler and Scottsdale, in addition to Glendale and Peoria in the West Valley.
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Loop 101 north overlays the Pima Freeway north from Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) as the Price Freeway takes Loop 101 south through Tempe and Chandler.
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SR 87 travels north to Payson and Winslow, and south to Chandler and Coolidge.
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Loop 202 travels below grade between high sound walls to mitigate the impact of the freeway through this residential area.
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Higley Road (Exit 21) joins Loop 202 with Falcon Field, a general aviation airport in Mesa that is also home to a branch of the Commemorative Air Force.
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Arizona Loop 202 South

The section of Loop 202 between University Drive (Exit 27) and U.S. 60 (Exit 30) opened in 2007.
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Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) south travels under Apache Trail (old U.S. 60).
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U.S. 60 follows the Superstition Freeway west to Tempe and Phoenix east to Apache Junction and Globe.
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Loop 202 continues south and west from the SuperRedTan interchange along the Santan Freeway to Gilbert and Chandler.
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Arizona Loop 202 North

Loop 202 advances north from the Santan Freeway through the SuperRedTan interchange with U.S. 60 (Superstition Freeway).
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Loop 202 angles northwest ahead of Brown Road (Exit 26) to run along the Fannin-McFarland Aqueduct.
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Loop 202 advances northwest to McKellips Road (Exit 25) next.
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The Red Mountain Freeway (Loop 202) arcs west beyond the half-diamond interchange (Exit 23B) with McDowell Road.
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Arizona Loop 202 West

Sound walls line Loop 202 west ahead of the ramp to Recker Road (Exit 22), separating the freeway from Summit Park.
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The Red Mountain Freeway passes beneath Higley Road 1.75 miles out from a diamond interchange (Exit 19) with Val Vista Drive south.
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Val Vista Drive travels 13.4 miles south through the Mesa and Gilbert street grid to meet Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in east Chandler.
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State Route 87 travels 72.8 miles northerly from Loop 202 through the Mazatzal Mountain range and Tonto National Forest to the town of Payson.
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Motorists depart a single lane ramp to State Route 87 (Exit 13). SR 87 follows Country Club Drive south from Loop 202 through the central business districts of Mesa and Chandler.
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The Pima and Price Freeways (Loop 101) converge ahead at a systems exchange with Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway).
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Vehicles carrying hazardous materials must depart the Red Mountain Freeway at the upcoming Loop 101 exchange.
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Two travel lanes depart for Loop 101 as Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) continues 10.4 miles to end at the merge to I-10 west to downtown Phoenix.
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Ramps partition for Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) north to Scottsdale and south along the Price Freeway to Chandler.
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Passing under the Loop 101 interchange, Loop 202 enters the city of Tempe. Tempe, founded in 1871, was founded at the site of a ferry across the Salt River. Today, the city is known for ASU, Mill Avenue and as a vibrant employment center.
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Scottsdale Road (Exit 7) connects Loop 202 with Scottsdale to the north and ASU to the south.
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To the south of Loop 202, Scottsdale Road becomes Rural Road through Tempe and Chandler.
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Priest Drive (Exit 6) travels south through Tempe and Guadalupe to Chandler.
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Sky Harbor Boulevard (unsigned Loop 202 Spur) joins the Red Mountain Freeway (Loop 202) with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).
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Loop 202 west passes underneath Priest Drive as the ramp to Exit 5 departs for the airport.
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Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) curves north ahead of Van Buren Street and 52nd Street (Exit 4).
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Exit 4 joins Loop 202 with the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden, both located in Papago Park.
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Van Buren Street (Exit 4) represents the former alignment of U.S. 60-70-80-89
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Looking north at Camelback Mountain on the approach to 44th street (Exit 2).
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Loop 202 arcs west for a final time ahead of 44th Street (Exit 2). 44th Street joins the Red Mountain Freeway with the Chinese Cultural Center.
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Loop 202 west at the departure ramp to 44th Street.The previous overhead sign displayed Loop 202 to I-10, but has long since been removed.
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32nd Street (Exit 1C) leads north toward Squaw Peak Recreation Area and south as Van Buren Street.
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24th Street (Exit 1B) lines the west boundary of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as well as connecting to its western entrance (via Sky Harbor Boulevard).
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Loop 202, I-10, and SR 51 come together at a multi-level interchange ahead, locally referred to as the Mini-Stack. SR 51 travels north along the Piestewa Freeway to Loop 101 and northern reaches of the Phoenix area.
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Spanning 24th Street (Exit 1B) along Loop 202 west, a ramp departs for Exit 1A to SR 51 north and I-10 east. I-10 travels on a southeast course, joining Phoenix with Tucson.
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Loop 202 concludes its 78 mile run as it merges onto I-10 west to Downtown.
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    Connect with:
    Interstate 10
    U.S. 60
    State Route 51
    Loop 101
    State Route 143 - Hohokam Expressway
    Loop 202 - Santan Freeway

    Page Updated 06-12-2020.