Flooding closes U.S. Highway 60 between Superior and Miami

Contributed Photo/Courtesy ADOT: Flooding from the burn scar has closed U.S. Highway 60 between Superior and Miami. 

Contributed Article/Courtesy ADOT

GILA AND PINAL COUNTIES – Drivers should plan for an extended closure of US 60 between Superior and Miami as the Arizona Department of Transportation works to repair flood damage along the highway.

The closure is between mileposts 226 at State Route 177 in Superior and 243 at the west side of Miami, with motorists detoured onto SR 77 and SR 177 through Winkelman. The roughly 70-mile detour includes a 10 percent grade and will significantly increase travel time.

ADOT maintenance crews are planning 24-hour operations to repair the roadway at the Bloody Tanks Wash, which is about 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.

The closure is a reminder that many factors can trigger unplanned closures, including rainfall from storms. Drivers should get road conditions at AZ511.gov before traveling.