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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (second from left) and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (center) are shown during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 15, for the State Route 24 freeway east of Phoenix. (Photo courtesy of the city of Mesa)

PHOENIX -- It's called State Route 24, or the Gateway Freeway, and it's due to be completed early next month.

Gov. Jan Brewer said it's much more than just a freeway expansion project.

"It's about increasing jobs through an improved transportation system," Brewer said Tuesday. "One that allows for efficiently moving goods and services, and connects more directly to our trading partners throughout the world."

The new freeway is estimated to be completed early next month. It will connect the San Tan Freeway and Ellsworth Road, making it easier to access Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and other growing East Valley businesses.

Construction of the $73 million project began in March 2012.

Corbin Carson,

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