The last 5 mile segment is scheduled to open on July 21 (yes, of 2008).
This will “close the loop” between roughly University & Ellsworth and Power & McDowell.
ADOT is planning quite the party on Tuesday, July 15 from 5pm – 8pm — right there on the new stretch of the freeway.
A bike ride, a fun run, exhibitors and a ribbon cutting ceremony with Governor Napolitano, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and ADOT officials are planned. There is even a hula hoop contest (?).