Flood Damage Forces ‘Extended Closure’ of Highway 60 in Arizona
Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Department of Transportation (AZDOT) announced an “extended closure” of U.S. 60 as a result of flood damage.
On Wednesday, AZDOT warned drivers should plan for an “extended closure” of U.S. 60 between Superior and Miami as workers repair flood damage along the highway.
The closure is between mileposts 226 at State Route 177 in Superior and milepost 243 at the west side of Miami, officials stated.
Motorists will be detoured onto SR 77 and SR 177 through Winkelman as a result.
The more-than 70-mile detour includes a 10 percent grade, AZDOT specified, which will “significantly” increase travel time.
In addition, motorists can also detour to the North using SR 87 and SR 188 through Apache Junction and Roosevelt.
Under perfect travel conditions, Google maps estimates the detours to tack an additional hour and a half onto travel times.
According to AZDOT, maintenance areas will work 24-hours a day to repair the roadway at the Bloody Tanks Wash, which is located approximately one mile west of the closure in Miami.
The repair will require an estimated 300 truckloads of boulders to shore up the highway so it can safely reopen to traffic, AZDOT said.