New SR24 freeway directly connects east Mesa, Gateway Airport, to Valley

East Valley Tribune
April 3, 2012
By Garin Groff

“A lonely expanse of creosote will become a frenzy of construction activity on Monday as crews will start building a new freeway that’s expected to spur development in east Mesa.

The state Route 24 Freeway is considered a major catalyst despite its puny size. It will begin as a mile-long segment with just two lanes in each direction.

But for the area east of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the freeway will finally make the area easily accessible.

“This used to be referred to as the edge of the world, because it was,” Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said. “It is no longer that.”

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