The Papago Freeway is the section of the Interstate Highway 10 that runs through central Phoenix. This last section of the highway, started in 1983, was not completed until 1990, making it the most-delayed and most-expensive portion of the I-10!
Read About It
Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents.
- The Final Mile
- Copy of a letter from Governor Babbitt to Ray A. Barnhart, May 18, 1981
- Letter from Mayor Hance to William A. Ordway, October 15, 1981
- Copy of a letter from Gerard F. Judd, September 15, 1981
- Copy of a letter from William A. Ordway to Mayor Hance, October 27, 1981
- Copy of a letter from William A. Ordway to Mayor Hance, December 14, 1981
- Map of Interstate Highway System of Arizona, 1971
- Transportation 2020 : summaries of the Arizona public forum & public survey
- Photocopy of Status of the Papago Freeway - East and West as of January 1972
- Letter from Mayor Hance to U.S. Representative Eldon Rudd, May 21, 1982
- Where does the I-10 run through Phoenix? When was the Phoenix section begun? When was it completed?
- What were the challenges faced by the builders of the 1-10 Papago Freeway?
- Who created the documents linked above? What did they think of the Papago Freeway? Is there a bias in their writing?
- If you were in charge of building the Papago Freeway, would you have done it differently? Why or why not?
Visit the websites below to learn more. Based on this new information, have your answers to the questions above changed?