U.S. Route 60 in Arizona

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 60 in Arizona. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 60.

U.S. Route 60 marker

U.S. Route 60
Route information
Maintained by ADOT
Length: 369.30 mi[1] (594.33 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑10 near Quartzsite
 

US 93 at Wickenburg
I‑17 in Phoenix
I‑10 in Phoenix
US 70 in Globe

US 180 / US 191 near Springerville
East end: US 60 in Catron County, NM
Highway system
  • State Routes in Arizona
SR 51 SR 61
SR 347 360 SR 364
View east along Route 60, Phoenix

U.S. Route 60 is an east–west United States highway within Arizona. The highway runs for 369 miles (594 km) from a junction with Interstate 10 near Quartzsite to the New Mexico State Line near Springerville. As it crosses the state, US 60 overlaps at various points: I-17, I-10, SR 77, SR 260, US 191, and US 180. Between Wickenberg and Phoenix, the route is known as Grand Avenue (or the Phoenix–Wickenburg Highway). From Tempe to Apache Junction, it is known as the Superstition Freeway.

Route description[edit]

I-10 to Wickenburg[edit]

The western terminus of US 60 is located at an interchange with I-10 east of Quartzite. It heads northeast from this junction to Vicksburg Junction where it curves towards the east. It continues to the east to Hope where it intersects SR 72. East of Hope, the highway briefly curves towards the north-northeast before curving towards the northeast. It continues this heading until it reaches Aguila. The highway heads east to an intersection with SR 71 after passing through Aguila. US 60 continues towards the east until it reaches Wickenburg and an intersection with US 93. From Wickenburg, the highway heads towards the southeast towards Phoenix. It has an intersection with SR 74 in Morristown as it continues towards the southeast.

US 60 Marker

Grand Avenue[edit]

As US 60 enters the Phoenix metropolitan area, it carries the name Grand Avenue and cuts a diagonal path through the northwestern part of the metropolitan area. It intersects Loop 303 in Surprise as it continues to the southeast. It continues to a junction with Loop 101 in Peoria before heading through Glendale. The highway enters the Phoenix city limits and continues towards the southeast until it reaches Thomas Road. US 60 follows Thomas Road for 1/4 mile until it reaches I-17. At I-17 the highway begins to run concurrently with I-17 towards the south. It passes through an I-10 interchange known as "The Stack." US 60 continues to run concurrent with I-17 around the Durango Curve and continues east until it reaches the I-10 interchange known as "The Split." US 60 begins to run concurrently towards the east with I-10 after the interchange. I-10 and US 60 continue towards the southeast after the interchange. The freeway passes along the south side of the airport and over a bridge traversing the Salt River. Once over the river, the freeway continues towards the east through Tempe to an interchange with SR 143. The freeway curves back towards the south following the SR 143 interchange.

As of 2006, Lower Grand Avenue near 7th Avenue and more specifically between Roosevelt Street on the north and Van Buren on the south, has been experiencing a renaissance,[2] as art venues, bars, cafes and small businesses have emerged amid the work being done to restore historic properties, including decaying warehouses.

On the first and third Fridays of every month, Grand Avenue hosts cultural events. Some of the venues associated with the Grand Avenue art scene include the Trunk Space, the Lodge Art Parlor, ShopDevious, the Icon Gallery, the Chocolate Factory, the Paisley Violin, La Melgosa Complex: Deus Ex Machina, the Phoenix Fall Space, Stop n' Look & Comet's Corner, the Annex: Soul Invictus, the Lucky Rabbit & Gallery Marsiglia, Lady Luck Tattoo, and other design houses and studios.

As a result of this revitalization the Grand Avenue Merchants Association (GAMA) formed to address a "Grand New Vision" and to bring the Grand Avenue community together with other neighborhood associations to form an arts, culture and small business district with a mind towards adaptive reuse of historical buildings, infill projects and both small business and community based outreach.

In 2011, the City of Phoenix was chosen as one of five U.S. capitals to receive federal design assistance through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greening America’s Capitals program, with the goal of creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable design along the lower Grand Avenue corridor.[3]

Improvements to Grand Avenue (north of the I-10 freeway) are included in the 20-year Regional Transportation Plan of the Maricopa Association of Governments, including reducing many of the busiest six-legged intersections to four-legged intersections by constructing overpasses, underpasses, and access roads.

US 60 Marker

Superstition Freeway[edit]

After the curve, I-10 and US 60 part ways with I-10 continuing towards the south and US 60 now heading east along the Superstition Freeway. The freeway continues towards the east to a second interchange with Loop 101. The freeway enters the Mesa city limits after the interchange as it continues towards the east to the SuperRedTan interchange with Loop 202. The freeway enters the city limits of Apache Junction in Pinal County as it continues eastbound. The freeway portion of the highway ends in Apache Junction as US 60 curves towards the southeast.

Apache Junction to the state line[edit]

The highway continues towards the southeast passing through Gold Canyon to an interchange with SR 79 at Florence Junction. US 60 curves towards the east at this junction as it heads to Superior and an intersection with SR 177. From Superior the highway begins to head towards the northeast to Miami and Claypool. It continues to a junction with SR 188 before passing through Midland City and turning towards the south towards Globe. US 60 curves back towards the east in Globe and continues to an intersection with US 70 and SR 77. US 60 heads northeast from the intersection concurrent with SR 77. The two highways curve towards the north before curving back towards the northeast as they head towards Show Low. As the highway continues towards the northeast it enters the San Carlos Indian Reservation. Within the reservation, the highway goes through a series of hairpin turns as it enters the Salt River Canyon. After descending into the canyon, the highway passes over the Salt River and enters the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The highway continues towards the northeast and enters Navajo County before reaching an intersection with SR 73. It continues northeast from this intersection to the city of Show Low.

In Show Low, US 60 intersects SR 260 and briefly runs concurrently with SR 260 as it heads northeast through the city. The concurrency with SR 77 also ends in Show Low as SR 77 heads north to Snowflake and US 60 continues towards the east. US 60 leaves the Show Low city limits and heads east to a junction with SR 61 which heads northeast towards Concho. US 60 continues east from this intersection before curving towards the southeast as it heads towards Springerville.

As it enters the Springerville city limits, it intersects and begins to run concurrently with US 180 and US 191. The three highways continue along the same alignment through Springerville, passing over the Little Colorado River. As the three highways continue through the city, they eventually split with US 180 and US 191 heading south towards Alpine and US 60 continuing towards the east. US 60 continues towards the east leaving the Springerville city limits and crossing over the state line into New Mexico.[1][4]

History[edit]

The Pinto Creek Bridge in 1955.

US 60 was extended into Arizona in 1932, from its original western terminus at US 66 in Springfield, MO. US 60 through Arizona has had far fewer major changes than some other U.S. routes, but one notable example is being replaced by Interstate 10 between Los Angeles, CA and the highway's current terminus near Quartzsite. US 60 is now the only US Route to serve Phoenix. US 70 (decom. 1969), US 80 (decom. 1977) & US 89 (decom. 1992) have all been truncated outside of Phoenix. The only other major change was being realigned from an "In-Town" route along city arterials through Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix to the old SR 360 alignment a few miles south and merging with I-10 and I-17 into Downtown Phoenix.[5]

In 1949, the Pinto Creek Bridge won an Annual Award of Merit for being the "most beautiful steel bridge", given by the American Institute of Steel Construction.[5]

In 1952, the Claypool Tunnel was bypassed by the Queen Creek Tunnel, upgrading from a simple 'hole in the rock' type tunnel to a more modern tunnel.[5]

In recent years, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has been working to widen and improve US 60 through the Metropolitan Phoenix Area, as it is one of the area's principal freeways. Along the Superstition Freeway segment in the East Valley between I-10 and Loop 202, ADOT has completed its project of adding additional general purpose lanes (6 total plus an HOV in each direction), adding auxiliary lanes between exits, improving sound barriers, replacing signs, improving lighting conditions, adding rubberized asphalt to reduce noise, adding variable message signs, installing cameras, and adding traffic sensors.[6]

Along the Grand Avenue segment in Phoenix, ADOT has been widening portions of Grand Avenue in addition to constructing additional overpasses and underpasses at six former six-way intersections to improve traffic flow along US 60 in the Northwest Valley.[7] ADOT is currently in the study phase of adding additional lanes between Loop 101 and Loop 303 in the far West Valley.

The portion of Grand Avenue in Phoenix between I-17 and I-10 that used to carry the US 60 designation is now known as unsigned U.S. Route 60X by ADOT.[8]

Future[edit]

Due to rapid growth in the far eastern Phoenix suburbs within Pinal County and increasing road congestion in the Gold Canyon area, ADOT has begun to study potential freeway-grade realignments of US 60 past the current eastern terminus of the Superstition Freeway in Apache Junction. The new freeway alignment would bypass the existing at-grade section of US 60 through Gold Canyon, and would either rejoin the existing alignment southeast of town (in the vicinity of the Arizona Renaissance Festival grounds) or at the newly constructed freeway-grade junction with SR 79 at Florence Junction.[9] This new alignment could also potentially serve as the northern terminus of the Pinal North-South Freeway.

Major intersections[edit]

Only the freeway portion of US 60 east of the I-10 interchange has exit numbers, except for few old exits on the lower section of Grand Avenue, and the interchange with SR 79. Most exits are not signed past Exit 200. All other segments are standard divided or undivided highways with uncontrolled access.[10] The mileposts were not renumbered after the western leg was truncated, so they begin at milepost 30.89.

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
La Paz Brenda 30.89 49.71 I‑10 – Phoenix, Los Angeles Western terminus
Hope 49.55 79.74 SR 72 north – Parker Southern terminus of SR 72
Maricopa Aguila 86.07 138.52 SR 71 north – Prescott Southern terminus of SR 71
Wickenburg 110.33 177.56 US 93 north – Kingman, Las Vegas Traffic circle; Southern terminus of US 93
Morristown 120.11 193.30 SR 74 east to I‑17 Western terminus of SR 74
Wittmann 163rd Avenue
Sun City West Loop 303 to I‑10 Future interchange once Loop 303 is converted into a freeway
Surprise Bell Road
Dysart Road
Greenway Boulevard
El Mirage Thunderbird Road / Thompson Ranch Road
Sun CityYoungtown 111th Avenue
Bridge over the Agua Fria River
Sun City 107th Avenue / Del Webb Boulevard
103rd Avenue
99th Avenue
Peoria Bridge over the New River
148.90 239.63 Loop 101 south Exit 11 on Loop 101
149.23 240.16 To Loop 101 north / 91st Avenue
150.60 242.37 Peoria Avenue
83rd Avenue (Cotton Crossing)
151.97 244.57 Olive Avenue / 75th Avenue Interchange
Glendale 153.35 246.79 Northern Avenue / 67th Avenue Interchange
154.40 248.48 Myrtle Avenue to Glendale Avenue / 59th Avenue
154.99 249.43 57th Drive
155.41 250.11 Maryland Avenue / 55th Avenue Interchange; westbound exit and entrance
156.21 251.40 Bethany Home Road / 51st Avenue Interchange
157.59 253.62 157 43rd Avenue / Camelback Road No westbound exit to 43rd Ave.; Camelback Rd. westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
Phoenix 159.01 255.90 Indian School Road / 35th Avenue Interchange
159.36 256.47 33rd Avenue
159.70 257.01 Osborn Road west / 31st Avenue
159.86 257.27 Osborn Avenue east
160 Grand Avenue south – Downtown Phoenix US 60 leaves/enters Grand Avenue
27th Avenue / Thomas Road At-grade intersection
201 I‑17 north – Flagstaff Western terminus of concurrency with I-17
200B McDowell Road / Van Buren Street The Stack interchange
200A I‑10 – Tucson, Los Angeles, CA The Stack interchange
199B Adams Street (northbound) / Jefferson Street (southbound) / Van Buren Street (both)
199A Grant Street
198 Buckeye Road Westbound exit is with Exit 199A
197 Durango Street / 19th Avenue Durango Curve; Black Canyon Freeway becomes the Maricopa Freeway
196 7th Avenue / Central Avenue No signage for Central Avenue westbound
195B 7th Street / Central Avenue No signage for Central Avenue eastbound
195A 16th Street
194
150A
I‑10 west – Sky Harbor Airport Eastern terminus of concurrency with I-17; Western terminus of concurrency with I-10
150B 24th Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Bridge over the Salt River
151 University Drive / 32nd Street
152 40th Street
153A SR 143 north / Broadway Road – Sky Harbor Airport Signed as exit 153 eastbound; Broadway Road not signed westbound
Exit 1A-B on SR 143
Tempe 153B Broadway Road / 52nd Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
154
171
I‑10 east – Tucson Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; Eastern terminus of concurrency with I-10
Exit 154 on I-10 east; Exit 171 on US 60 west
172 Priest Drive – Arizona Mills Mall Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
173 Mill Avenue Arizona State University, Downtown Tempe
174 Rural Road
175 McClintock Drive
176 Loop 101 – Scottsdale, Chandler Signed as 176A (south) and 176B (north)
Mesa 177 Dobson Road Mesa Community College
178 Alma School Road
179 SR 87 (Country Club Drive) – Chandler
180 Mesa Drive
181 Stapley Drive
182 Gilbert Road Gilbert
184 Val Vista Drive
185 Greenfield Road Mesa Falcon Field
186 Higley Road
187 Superstition Springs Boulevard Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
188 Power Road Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, ASU Polytechnic
189 Sossaman Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
190 Loop 202 – Gilbert, Mesa SuperRedTan Interchange; Signed as exits 190A (north) and 190B (south) eastbound
191 Ellsworth Road
192 Crismon Road
193 Signal Butte Road
Pinal Apache Junction 195 Ironwood Drive
196 SR 88 (Idaho Road) Salt River Lakes, Roosevelt Dam, Apache Trail Highway
197 Tomahawk Road
198 Goldfield Road
199 Old West Highway Westbound exit only
Mountain View Road Traffic light; Eastern terminus of freeway section
Gold Canyon Superstition Mountain Drive Traffic light
Mountainbrook Drive Traffic light
Kings Ranch Road Traffic light
Peralta Road Traffic light
  Renaissance Festival Road Traffic light (seasonally)
  El Camino Viejo At-grade intersection
Florence Junction 212 SR 79 south – Florence, Tucson Interchange; Northern terminus of SR 79
Superior SR 177 south / Ray Road north – Winkelman Interchange; Northern terminus of SR 177
Gila Central Heights SR 188 north – Young, Theodore Roosevelt Dam Southern terminus of SR 188
Globe US 70 / SR 77 south – Safford, Winkelman Western terminus of US 70; Western terminus of concurrency with SR 77
Navajo   SR 73 east Western terminus of SR 73
Show Low SR 260 west (Clark Road) – Heber-Overgaard Western terminus of concurrency with SR 260
SR 260 east (White Mountain Road) – Pinetop-Lakeside, Springerville Eastern terminus of concurrency with SR 260
SR 77 north (Penrod Road) – Holbrook Eastern terminus of concurrency with SR 77
Apache Bell SR 61 east – St. Johns Partial interchange; Western terminus of SR 61
  US 180 west / US 191 north – St. Johns Western terminus of concurrency with US 180 / US 191
Springerville To SR 73 / SR 260 / South Mountain Avenue – Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low
US 180 east / US 191 south – Alpine Eastern terminus of concurrency with US 180 / US 191
369.30 594.33 US 60 east – Quemado Continuation into New Mexico
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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U.S. Route 60
Previous state:
Terminus
Arizona Next state:
New Mexico