Crews set to repair curbs at Val Vista Drive, Superstition Freeway

Repair work is scheduled 4 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 16, at Val Vista Drive and US 60, state transportation officials announced. The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers in the East Valley to use caution in the area as ADOT workers make repairs to concrete curbs. The right two lanes on northbound Val Vista Drive approaching […]

US 60 east of Superior to close for blasting Feb. 9, Feb. 11

Motorists using U.S. Highway 60 between Phoenix and Globe on Feb. 9 and Feb. 11 should plan ahead and consider alternate routes as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work to build a passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior.

According to a press release, construction of the 2-mile-long climbing lane from Devil’s Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will require two full closures lasting four hours:

Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Traffic on eastbound U.S. 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227), and traffic on westbound U.S. 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235), until the blasting work is completed and debris is cleared.

Approximately 30 minutes prior to each blast, motorists should be prepared for possible delays and lane closures as crews set concrete barrier prior to each scheduled closure.
Motorists seeking an alternate route can consider state routes 77 and 177, which is approximately 68 miles long. Motorists headed to the White Mountains region, including Show Low and Springerville, can take State Route 87 through Payson and travel east on State Route 260, according to the release.

US 60 east of Superior to temporarily close for blasting operations Jan. 5-7

Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 60 between Phoenix and Globe this week need to plan ahead or allow extra time as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work as part of an improvement project to build a new passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior, approximately 65 miles east of downtown Phoenix.

The construction of the two-mile-long climbing lane from Devil’s Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will require four full closures of US 60:

Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Traffic on eastbound US 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227) and traffic on westbound US 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235), until the blasting work is completed and the roadway is reopened after all debris is cleared. Law enforcement officers will be stationed at each closure to assist with traffic control.

Approximately 30 minutes prior to each blast, motorists should be prepared for possible delays and lane closures as crews set concrete barriers prior to each scheduled closure.

Motorists seeking an alternate route can consider state routes 77 and 177, which is approximately 68 miles long. Motorists headed to the White Mountains region, including Show Low and Springerville, can also take State Route 87 through Payson and travel east on State Route 260 as an alternative.

ADOT will work to minimize the traffic impacts as much as possible, including scheduling some nighttime work.

There will be narrow traffic lanes, wide-load restrictions and a reduced speed limit through the work zone. Flaggers and pilot cars will be used at different times throughout the project.

Drivers are asked to use caution, watch for construction equipment and personnel and allow extra time for your commute.

For more information on the project, please visit azdot.gov/us60oakflat.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information System at az511.gov or call 5-1-1.

U.S. 60 east of Superior to close briefly Nov. 24 for blasting

Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 60 between Phoenix and Globe Nov. 24 need to plan ahead or allow extra time as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work as part of an improvement project to build a new passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior, approximately 65 miles east of downtown Phoenix.

The construction of the two-mile-long climbing lane from Devil’s Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will require two full closures of US 60 for up to 90 minutes on Tuesday, Nov. 24:

•The first closure is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

•The second closure is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Traffic on eastbound US 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227) and westbound US 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235) until the blasting work is completed and the roadway is reopened after all debris is cleared. Law enforcement officers will be stationed at each closure to assist with traffic control.

Approximately 30 minutes prior to each blast, motorists should be prepared for possible delays and lane closures as crews set concrete barrier prior to each scheduled closure.

State troopers investigating hit-and-run on U.S. 60, Higley

A 22-year-old woman from Apache Junction was seriously injured in a crash that occurred at 12:25 p.m. Oct. 9 on eastbound U.S. Highway 60 at Higley. State troopers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a press release that a blue Cadillac Escalade entered the freeway from the eastbound on-ramp at Greenfield and made an unsafe lane change, cutting off the vehicle driven by the victim.

The victim’s vehicle allegedly veered into and struck a truck hauling lumber then rolled. The victim was taken to Chandler Regional Hospital where she remains in critical condition, according to a DPS press release.

Troopers say the driver of the Cadillac sports utility vehicle pulled off onto the shoulder of the freeway following the collision but left the scene before troopers arrived.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run vehicle, its driver and/or this incident is encouraged to call the DPS Duty Office as soon as possible at 602-223-2212.

US 60 east of Superior to close briefly for blasting operations Oct. 13-15

Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 60 between Phoenix and Globe next week need to plan ahead or allow extra time as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work as part of an improvement project to build a new passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior, east of Apache Junction.

The construction of the 2-mile-long climbing lane from Devil’s Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will require five separate full closures of U.S. 60 for up to 90 minutes:

Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Traffic on eastbound U.S. 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227) and westbound U.S. 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235) until the blasting work is completed and the roadway is reopened after all debris is cleared. Law enforcement officers will be stationed at each closure to assist with traffic control, according to a press release.

Apache Junction, Queen Creek councils discuss issues that are important to both communities

Elected officials and staff members from Apache Junction and Queen Creek met Aug. 25 to share what each municipality is doing to address the needs of its community and to discuss how they can work together to achieve common goals.

“As a council, we always want to meet with and discuss what’s going on in our communities with our surrounding communities. To me this is almost like coming to a family reunion. You just about know everybody and what they think but you don’t want to take anything for granted,” Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said during his opening remarks. “This is a great opportunity to get together to discuss some things that are important to us as smaller cities in the East Valley. We can hang separately or stand together. There are some things that are going to come to us that we’re going to need to stand together with … like we’ve done in the past.”

The joint meeting, which was hosted by the city of Apache Junction at its multi-generational center, marked the first time since 2009 the councils and staff members gathered for an agendized discussion, Queen Creek Town Manager John Kross said during an interview prior to the start of the meeting.

“This is something we hope to do on a more regular basis,” Apache Junction Vice Mayor Robin Barker said an interview prior to the start of the meeting.

Next closure on U.S. 60 east of Superior for blasting operations is Aug. 19

Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 60 between Phoenix and Globe on Wednesday morning, Aug. 19, need to plan ahead or allow extra time as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work as part of an improvement project to build a new passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior.

The construction of the 2-mile-long climbing lane from Devil’s Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will require a full closure of U.S. 60 for up to 90 minutes from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 19, according to a press release.

Traffic on eastbound U.S. 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227) and westbound U.S. 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235) until the blasting work is completed and the roadway is reopened after all debris is cleared. Law enforcement officers will be stationed at each closure to assist with traffic control.

U.S. 60 east of Superior to close briefly for blasting operations Aug. 13

Motorists traveling along U.S. 60 between Phoenix and Globe on Thursday morning, Aug. 13, need to plan ahead or allow extra time as the Arizona Department of Transportation begins blasting work as part of a project to build a new passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior. The construction of the two-mile-long climbing […]

Many weekend closures around the Valley

Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (July 31-Aug. 3). The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers plan ahead, consider alternate routes or adjust travel schedules and use caution in work zones while the following restrictions are in place:

East- and southbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) closed between Recker and Broadway roads in east Mesa from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 3) for widening project. DETOUR: Alternate routes include eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway). Loop 202 traffic exiting at Recker Road can detour to southbound Power Road.

East- and southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) narrowed to one lane in areas between Tatum and Shea boulevards from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 1) for pavement-marker installation. North- and westbound Loop 101 also narrowed to one lane in areas between Shea and Tatum boulevards from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 2). DETOUR: Alternate routes include State Route 51. Please allow extra travel time and use caution in work zones.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to two lanes between Rural Road and Loop 101 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 1) for overhead sign work. Eastbound US 60 ramp to northbound Loop 101 closed. Eastbound on-ramp at McClintock Drive closed. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes, including eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) and allow extra travel time.

Westbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane between Country Club Drive and Loop 101 from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 2) for overhead sign work. Westbound US 60 ramp to southbound Loop 101 closed. Westbound on-ramps at Alma School and Dobson roads closed. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes.

Eastbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane between Wild Horse Pass Boulevard and Queen Creek Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 1) for equipment work. Westbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane between Queen Creek Road and Wild Horse Pass Boulevard from 9 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 2) for equipment work. Westbound on-ramp at Queen Creek Road closed. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and be prepared to slow down and merge safely in work zone.