PHOENIX (Tucson News Now) - A series of upcoming road improvements will delay those driving on US Route 60, between Phoenix and Globe this summer.
The Arizona Department of Transportation will invest nearly $65 million in four critical projects in Pinal and Gila counties this year. These will build upon efforts to upgrade the US 60 corridor.
The corridor is a major transportation route connecting Phoenix to the communities of Florence Junction, Superior, Globe, Miami, San Carlos and Show Low.
The first project will kick off in June, when ADOT will build a new westbound climbing lane as well as shoulders on a 13 mile stretch between the Oak Flat Area and the town of Miami, Arizona.
This $13 million safety improvement project will make it easier for motorists to pass large trucks and other slow moving vehicles.
Later in the summer, ADOT will convert the last remaining two-lane roadway segment on US 60 between Phoenix and Superior into a modern, four lane divided highway. This $45 million portion is expected to take two years to complete.
Crews will also replace the antiquated lighting in the US 60 Queen Creek Tunnel with a new, LED system. This will be the first Arizona tunnel to have this technology. This is expected to begin this summer as well. Its total cost will come to around $3.8 million.
The final construction project along US 60 will be a $3 million rock mitigation, where workers will remove loose boulders along a very rocky, steep section of highway, adjacent to the Queen Creek Tunnel.
ADOT said they plan to prepare the public for restrictions ahead of time, but unscheduled closures may occur. Drivers can stay up to date on the latest road conditions by checking az511.gov or calling 5-1-1.