ARIZONA NEWS

Portion of US 60 remains closed in Tempe after water line break

May 8, 2022, 8:10 AM | Updated: May 9, 2022, 11:10 am

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PHOENIX — A portion of U.S. 60 in Tempe remained closed Sunday due to a water line break and drivers were advised to find alternate routes as crews work on repairing the damage.

Eastbound U.S. 60 is closed between the I-10 interchange and Loop 101, while the westbound lanes are closed between Loop 101 and McClintock Drive.

“This is the time where unfortunately we’re going to be down for a little bit,” Randy Everett, central district administrator for the Arizona Department of Transportation, said in a press conference.

“Leave yourself some extra time, this is probably a good time to leave yourself a half an hour of extra commute time when you go out.”

There is no estimated time to reopen the freeway.

Everett suggests using the Loop 202 Santan Freeway in the south and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway in the north to get around the closure.

A 24-inch water transmission line broke on Saturday, leading to flooding and the closure of the highway.

Tempe water utility crews isolated the break and were able to shut off the water at the location.

No Tempe residential or commercial water services were impacted.

Working with ADOT, city contractors are assessing the full damage to begin the process of making repairs.

A camera will be placed in the transmission line and used to detect the exact location of the water main break, ADOT said in a press release.

From there, the line is under 1.5 inches of pavement and requires digging in order to repair. After repaving and inspections, traffic can resume.

The city of Tempe and ADOT will provide updates on the repairs once more is known.

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Portion of US 60 remains closed in Tempe after water line break