Mini Stack

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Mini Stack
PHX I-10, AZ-51, AZ-202.jpg
The Mini Stack, looking north up State Route 51 in 2010.
Central City, Phoenix, Arizona
Coordinates 33°27′44″N 112°2′15″W / 33.46222°N 112.03750°W / 33.46222; -112.03750Coordinates: 33°27′44″N 112°2′15″W / 33.46222°N 112.03750°W / 33.46222; -112.03750
Roads at
I-10 (Papago Freeway)
SR 51 (Piestewa Freeway)
SR 202 (Red Mountain Freeway)
Type Stack interchange
Maintained by ADOT
View of the interchange

The Mini Stack is the freeway interchange among Interstate 10, State Route 51, and Loop 202 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, located northeast of downtown.[1] Reconstructed in 2004 to its current setup, the interchange, which is the busiest in the state of Arizona with over 300,000 vehicles per day, provides full directional access between the three freeways as well as HOV lane connections for southbound SR 51 to eastbound I-10, westbound I-10 to northbound SR 51, westbound Loop 202 to westbound I-10, and eastbound I-10 to eastbound Loop 202.[2]


The interchange constitutes exits 147A, 147B, and 147C on Interstate 10; the final southbound exits on Route 51; and exit 1A on Loop 202. The Mini Stack serves as the western terminus of Loop 202's Red Mountain Freeway segment and the southern terminus of State Route 51.[3]

Interstate 10, the only through-route in this interchange, changes cardinal direction as it passes through the Mini Stack, heading from north to west for westbound travelers and east to south for eastbound travelers.


In a 2007 study performed by Forbes, the Mini Stack ranked number four in the United States in terms of delays with 22 million hours of delays each year. It was behind only Los Angeles' US 101 and I-405 interchange in California, Houston's I-610 and I-10 interchange in Texas, and Chicago's I-90/I-94 and I-290 interchange in Illinois.[4]

Shooting incidents[edit]

From August to September 2015, the Mini Stack was the spot of a number of shootings, which were connected to a larger string of shootings and other incidents that injured a teenage girl and damaged several vehicles. The Mini Stack was the location of a majority of the shootings.[5][6][7] A suspect was later said by Governor Doug Ducey to have been taken into custody.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Malone, Robert. "Phoenix I-10 and SR 51 interchange". Forbes. Retrieved February 1, 2008.
  2. ^ "State proposes an additional ten lanes for highway". East Valley Tribune. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2008.
  3. ^ "Interstate 10 westbound - Maricopa County". AARoads. Archived from the original on January 2, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2008.
  4. ^ "America's 12 Worst Traffic Traps". Forbes. June 11, 2007. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2008.
  5. ^ Cassidy, Megan (September 8, 2015). "DPS investigating 9 possible freeway shootings in Phoenix area". Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Source: Phoenix Police Sergeant involved in possible Interstate 10 freeway shooting". KNXV-TV. September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Arizona DPS investigates 9 freeway shooting incidents in 10 days". KTAR. September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Ducey, Doug (September 18, 2015). "Doug Ducey". Twitter. Retrieved September 18, 2015. BREAKING: We got him! DPS SWAT team is in custody of the individual suspected of I-10 shootings. Apprehended moments ago.
  9. ^ "Ducey: Freeway shooting suspect in custody". ABC 15. September 18, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.

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