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US 60 east of Phoenix area to close twice this week for bridge project

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PHOENIX – U.S. Highway 60 east of the Phoenix area will be closed for four hours twice this week as part of a major bridge replacement project, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

Motorists traveling the 17 miles between Superior and Miami in either direction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday will be forced to take a 68-mile detour because of the closure.

The eastbound detour will take drivers southeast on state Route 177 at Superior to Winkelman and then north on Route 77 up to U.S. 70, which connects to U.S. 60 east of Miami. The westbound detour traces the same path in the opposite direction.

The detour includes a 10% grade and is expected to add a minimum of 45 minutes to a trip through the area, ADOT said.

Additionally, lane restrictions could be in effect if needed until 4:30 p.m. each day after the road reopens.

During the closure, crews will blast rocks as they prepare to replace the Pinto Creek Bridge west of Miami.

Over the course of a two-year construction project that began in October, workers will construct a new bridge and then remove the existing one.

Drivers should anticipate intermittent closures and restrictions on U.S. 60 during as the project progresses.

ADOT provides real-time highway conditions online, on Twitter or over the phone at 511.

Drivers can also get alerts and alternate route notifications via ADOT’s mobile app.

Get the latest KTAR News 92.3 FM traffic alerts sent straight to your phone by texting “TRAFFIC” to 411923.

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