U.S. Route 60 in Arizona
|Maintained by ADOT|
|Length:||369.30 mi (594.33 km)|
|Existed:||1932 – present|
|West end:||I-10 near Quartzsite|
|East end:||US 60 in Norfolk, VA|
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 Wickenburg 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.
I-10 to Wickenburg
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.
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 an interchange with 27th Avenue near Thomas Road.
Improvements to Grand Avenue (north of the I-10 freeway) are included in the Maricopa Association of Governments' 20-year Regional Transportation Plan, including reducing many of the busiest six-legged intersections to four-legged intersections by constructing overpasses, underpasses, and access roads.
After briefly heading south along 27th Ave., US 60 turns left onto Thomas Rd. for 1⁄4 mile (0.40 km) 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 again reaches I-10 at the interchange known as "The Split." US 60 begins to run concurrently towards the east with I-10 after the interchange. Along the freeway, US 60 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.
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
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.
In 1927, what is now US 60 was signed as or roughly followed by SR 74 between the California border near Ehrenburg and Wickenburg, US 89 from Wickenburg to Florence Junction, US 80 from Phoenix to Florence Junction, US 180 from Florence Junction to Globe and US 70 between Springerville and the New Mexico border. The segment of highway between Springerville and Globe had not been constructed yet. US 60 was extended into Arizona in 1932, from its original western terminus at US 66 in Springfield, MO. While what is now US 60 was under construction between Globe and Springerville, US 60 was temporarily routed down SR 73 as US 60T through San Carlos and McNary. The current route through Show Low, Arizona was completed sometime between 1935 and 1938.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An unsigned U.S. Route 60X is also listed by ADOT. US 60X is divided into two discontinuous segments, both of which are located within Maricopa County in the Phoenix area. Both sections of US 60X were portions of the pre-freeway alignment of US 60 between Apache Junction and central Phoenix. US 60X begins near Grand Avenue and Thomas Road, where it shares Exit 160 (27th Avenue to Thomas Rd.) with US 60. It then follows Grand Ave. southeast over I-17/US 60 to an intersection with 18th Avenue and Willetta Street where the western segment terminates. Access to I-17 is via Thomas Rd. by way of either 24th Avenue or 27th Ave. US 60X(1) picks up at Sossaman Road, travelling east across Apache Trail crossing Loop 202 and Ellsworth Road before terminating at Meridian Drive (the Pinal County line).
A new partial interchange at Meridian Road, along the Maricopa-Pinal county line, is under construction and set to open in Autumn 2015. 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. This new alignment could also potentially serve as the northern terminus of the proposed Pinal North-South Freeway.
Only the freeway portion of US 60 east of the I-10 interchange has exit numbers, except for a few exits on the lower section of Grand Avenue, and the interchange with SR 79. Most exits are not signed past Exit 199. All other segments are standard divided or undivided highways with uncontrolled access. The mileposts were not renumbered after the western leg was truncated, so they begin at milepost 30.89.
|La Paz||Brenda||30.89||49.71||I-10 – Phoenix, Los Angeles||Western terminus|
|Hope||49.55||79.74||SR 72 west – Parker||Eastern 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|
|Sun City West||138.48||222.86||Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Parkway) to I-10||Via access road; future interchange once Loop 303 is converted into a freeway|
|Peoria||148.90||239.63||Loop 101 south (Agua Fria Freeway)||Exit 11 on Loop 101|
|149.23||240.16||To Loop 101 north / 91st Avenue|
|151.97||244.57||Olive Avenue / 75th Avenue||Interchange with Olive Ave.; at-grade intersection with 75th Ave.|
|Glendale||153.35||246.79||Northern Avenue / 67th Avenue||Interchange with 67th Ave.; at-grade intersection with Northern Ave.|
|154.40||248.48||Myrtle Avenue to 59th Avenue / Glendale Avenue|
|154.74||249.03||Tunnel underneath 59th Avenue / Glendale Avenue intersection|
|154.99||249.43||57th Drive to Glendale Avenue / 59th Avenue|
|155.41||250.11||55th Avenue north to Maryland Avenue||Interchange; westbound exit and entrance|
|156.21||251.40||Bethany Home Road / 51st Avenue||Interchange with 51st Ave.; at-grade intersection with Bethany Home Rd.|
|157.40||253.31||157||43rd Avenue||Interchange; no westbound exit|
|Phoenix||157.59||253.62||Camelback Road||Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|159.01||255.90||35th Avenue / Indian School Road||Interchange with Indian School Rd.; at-grade intersection with 35th Ave.|
|160.09||257.64||160||Grand Avenue southeast – Downtown Phoenix||Interchange; US 60 (east) splits from Grand Ave.|
|160.41||258.15||27th Avenue / Thomas Road||At-grade intersection|
|160.63||258.51||201||I-17 north (Black Canyon Freeway) – Flagstaff||Western terminus of concurrency with I-17; exit numbers follow I-17|
|200B||McDowell Road / Van Buren Street||No signage for Van Buren St. westbound|
|200A||I-10 – Central Phoenix, Los Angeles||I-10 exits 143A-B|
|199B||Adams Street / Van Buren Street||Westbound exit and entrance only|
|Jefferson Street||Eastbound exit only|
|199A||Grant Street / Buckeye Road||No signage for Buckeye Rd. westbound|
|198||Buckeye Road||Westbound exit only|
|197||Durango Street / 19th Avenue||Durango Curve; no signage for Durango St. westbound|
|End Black Canyon Freeway, begin Maricopa Freeway|
|196||7th Avenue / Central Avenue||No signage for Central Ave. westbound|
|195B||7th Street / Central Avenue||No signage for Central Ave. eastbound|
|195A||16th Street||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|I-17 end / I-10 west (Inner Loop) – Sky Harbor Airport||Eastern terminus of concurrency with I-17; southern terminus of I-17; western terminus of concurrency with I-10; exit numbers follow I-10 (beginning with 150A)|
|150B||24th Street||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|151||University Drive / 32nd Street|
|Bridge over the Salt River|
|Phoenix–Tempe line||153A||SR 143 north (Hohokam Expressway) / 48th Street south / Broadway Road – Sky Harbor Airport||Signed as exit 153 eastbound; Broadway Road not signed westbound; exits 1A-B on SR 143|
|Tempe||153B||Broadway Road / 52nd Street||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|I-10 east (Maricopa Freeway) – Tucson||Eastern terminus of concurrency with I-10; exit 171 on US 60 west|
|Begin Superstition Freeway|
|172.52||277.64||172||Priest Drive – Arizona Mills Mall||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|173.67||279.49||173||Mill Avenue||Arizona State University, Downtown Tempe|
|176||Loop 101 (Price Freeway) – Scottsdale, Chandler||Signed as 176A (south) and 176B (north); Loop 101 exits 55A-B|
|Mesa||177.43||285.55||177||Dobson Road||Mesa Community College|
|178.41||287.12||178||Alma School Road|
|179.41||288.73||179||SR 87 (Country Club Drive) – Chandler|
|184.39||296.75||184||Val Vista Drive|
|185.39||298.36||185||Greenfield Road||Mesa Falcon Field|
|187.87||302.35||187||Superstition Springs Boulevard||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|188.38||303.17||188||Power Road||Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, ASU Polytechnic|
|189.38||304.78||189||Sossaman Road||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|190||Loop 202 – Gilbert, Mesa||SuperRedTan Interchange; signed as exits 190A (north) and 190B (south) eastbound; Loop 202 exits 30A-B|
|193.40||311.25||193||Signal Butte Road|
|Maricopa–Pinal county line||Mesa–Apache Junction line||194.41||312.87||194||Meridian Road||Future interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Pinal||Apache Junction||195.41||314.48||195||Ironwood Drive|
|196.41||316.09||196||SR 88 east (Idaho Road)||Salt River Lakes, Roosevelt Dam, Apache Trail Highway|
|199.17||320.53||199||Old West Highway||Westbound exit only|
|199.44||320.97||Mountain View Road||Traffic light; end Superstition Freeway|
|Florence Junction||212.27||341.62||212||SR 79 south – Florence, Tucson||Interchange; northern terminus of SR 79|
|Superior||226.87||365.11||SR 177 south / Ray Road north – Winkelman||Interchange; northern terminus of SR 177|
|Gila||Central Heights||247.04||397.57||SR 188 north – Young, Theodore Roosevelt Dam||Southern terminus of SR 188|
|Globe||252.05||405.64||US 70 / SR 77 south – Safford, Winkelman||Western terminus of US 70; western terminus of concurrency with SR 77|
|Navajo||318.14||512.00||SR 73 east||Western terminus of SR 73|
|Show Low||339.72||546.73||SR 260 west (Clark Road) – Heber-Overgaard||Western terminus of concurrency with SR 260|
|341.69||549.90||SR 260 east (White Mountain Road) – Pinetop-Lakeside, Springerville||Eastern terminus of concurrency with SR 260|
|342.25||550.80||SR 77 north (Penrod Road) – Holbrook||Eastern terminus of concurrency with SR 77|
|Apache||Bell||353.16||568.36||SR 61 east – St. Johns||Partial interchange; western terminus of SR 61|
|384.45||618.71||US 180 west / US 191 north – St. Johns||Western terminus of concurrency with US 180 / US 191|
|Springerville||387.83||624.15||To SR 73 / SR 260 / South Mountain Avenue – Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low|
|388.69||625.54||US 180 east / US 191 south – Alpine||Eastern terminus of concurrency with US 180 / US 191|
|401.97||646.91||US 60 east – Quemado||Continuation into New Mexico|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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