US 60 highlighted in red
|Maintained by ADOT|
|Length||369.30 mi (594.33 km)|
|Existed||June 8, 1931–present|
|Counties||La Paz, Maricopa, Pinal, Gila, Navajo, Apache|
U.S. Route 60 (US 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.
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 direction 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 intersects Loop 303 in Surprise where it becomes Grand Avenue as it continues southeast. It continues to a junction with Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) 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 the Grand Avenue portion of US 60, which were included in the Maricopa Association of Governments' 20-year Regional Transportation Plan, have been made. Among such improvements is the reducing of 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 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 in Tempe, 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 (Price Freeway). The freeway enters 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.
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 interchange 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 on June 8, 1931, from its original western terminus at US 66 in Springfield, Missouri. 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 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, California, and the highway's current terminus near Quartzsite. (The Arizona section of this route was decommissioned in 1982. )
US 60 is now the only U.S. Route to serve Phoenix. US 70 (decommissioned 1969), US 80 (decommissioned 1977) & US 89 (decommissioned 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 to the north, 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.A new partial interchange at Meridian Road, along the Maricopa–Pinal county line, opened in October 2015.
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.
ADOT is currently in the study phase of adding additional lanes between Loop 101 and Loop 303 in the far West Valley.
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.
|La Paz||Brenda||30.89||49.71||Exit 31 on I-10; I-10 west is former US 60 / US 70 west|
|Hope||49.55||79.74||Eastern terminus of SR 72|
|Maricopa||Aguila||86.07||138.52||Southern terminus of SR 71|
|Wickenburg||110.24||177.41||Washington Street||Interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|110.27||177.46||Museum, Parking||Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; serves Desert Caballeros Western Museum|
|110.33||177.56||Roundabout; southern terminus of US 93|
|Morristown||120.11||193.30||Western terminus of SR 74|
|Sun City West||138.48||222.86||Exit 119 on Loop 303|
|Surprise||142.75||229.73||Bell Road||Interchange; left exits and entrances|
|Peoria||148.90||239.63||Exit 11 on Loop 101|
|149.23||240.16||Access via 91st Avenue|
|151.97||244.57||Olive Avenue / 75th Avenue||Interchange with Olive Avenue; at-grade intersection with 75th Avenue|
|Glendale||153.35||246.79||Northern Avenue / 67th Avenue||Interchange with 67th Avenue; at-grade intersection with Northern Avenue|
|154.74||249.03||Tunnel underneath 59th Avenue / Glendale Avenue intersection|
|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 Avenue; at-grade intersection with Bethany Home Road|
|157.40||253.31||157||43rd Avenue||Interchange; no westbound exit; former SR 69|
|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 Road; at-grade intersection with 35th Avenue|
|160.09||257.64||Grand Avenue southeast – Downtown Phoenix||Interchange; left exit eastbound; left entrance westbound; US 60 (east) splits from Grand Avenue, which becomes unsigned US 60X east; exit 160 on US 60X; former US 60 / US 70 east / US 89 / SR 93 south|
|160.63||258.51||Western terminus of I-17 concurrency; exit 201 on I-17|
|161.67||260.18||200B||McDowell Road / Van Buren Street||Exit numbers follow I-17; no signage for Van Buren Street westbound|
|162.23||261.08||200A||Exit 143 on I-10|
|162.84||262.07||199B||Adams Street / Van Buren Street||Westbound exit and entrance only|
|162.99||262.31||Jefferson Street||Eastbound exit only|
|163.38||262.93||199A||Grant Street / Buckeye Road||No westbound signage for Buckeye Road|
|163.69||263.43||198||Buckeye Road||Westbound exit only|
|164.56||264.83||197||Durango Street / 19th Avenue||No westbound signage for Durango Street|
|Durango Curve; Black Canyon Freeway transitions to Maricopa Freeway|
|165.56||266.44||196||7th Avenue / Central Avenue||No westbound signage for Central Avenue|
|166.57||268.07||195B||7th Street / Central Avenue||No eastbound signage for Central Avenue|
|167.58||269.69||195A||16th Street||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|168.28||270.82||194||Southern terminus of I-17; no exit number westbound; western terminus of I-10 concurrency; I-10 exits 150 (east) & 150A (west)|
|168.65||271.42||150B||24th Street||Exit numbers follow I-10; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|169.48||272.75||Salt River bridge|
|170.21||273.93||151||University Drive / 32nd Street|
|Phoenix–Tempe line||172.09||276.95||153A||Signed as exit 153 eastbound; Broadway Road not signed westbound; exits 1A-B on SR 143|
|Tempe||Planned HOV interchange; to be westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|172.46||277.55||153B||Broadway Road / 52nd Street||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|171.63||276.21||—||Eastern terminus of I-10 concurrency; exit 154 on I-10|
|Western end of Superstition Freeway (former SR 360 )|
|172.52||277.64||172||Priest Drive||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|176||Signed as 176A (south) and 176B (north); exits 55A-B on Loop 101|
|178.41||287.12||178||Alma School Road|
|184.39||296.75||184||Val Vista Drive|
|187.87||302.35||187||Superstition Springs Boulevard||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|189.38||304.78||189||Sossaman Road||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|190||SuperRedTan Interchange; signed as exits 190A (north) and 190B (south) eastbound; exits 30A-B on Loop 202|
|193.40||311.25||193||Signal Butte Road|
| Maricopa–Pinal |
|Mesa–Apache Junction line||194.41||312.87||194||Meridian Road||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Pinal||Apache Junction||195.41||314.48||195||Ironwood Drive|
|199.17||320.53||199||Old West Highway||Westbound exit only; former US 60 / US 70 / US 80 west / US 89 north|
|199.44||320.97||Mountain View Road||Eastern end of Superstition Freeway (former SR 360 ); traffic light westbound|
|Florence Junction||212.27||341.62||212||Interchange; former US 80 / US 89|
|Superior||226.87||365.11||227||Interchange; northern terminus of SR 177; no exit number westbound|
|Gila||Globe||247.04||397.57||Southern terminus of SR 188; former SR 88 west|
|250.76||403.56||Maple Street||Interchange via connector road|
|252.05||405.64||Western terminus of SR 77 concurrency; western terminus of US 70|
|Navajo||||318.14||512.00||Western terminus of SR 73|
|Show Low||339.72||546.73||Western terminus of SR 260 concurrency|
|341.69||549.90||Eastern terminus of SR 260 concurrency|
|342.25||550.80||Eastern terminus of SR 77 concurrenc y|
|Apache||Bell||353.16||568.36||Southern terminus of SR 61|
|||384.45||618.71||Western end of US 180/US 191 concurrency|
|Springerville||387.83||624.15||Serves White Mountain Regional Medical Center|
|388.69||625.54||Eastern terminus of US 180/US 191 concurrency|
|401.97||646.91||Continuation into New Mexico|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
|U.S. Route 60X|
|Length||1.47 mi (2.37 km)|
|U.S. Route 60X(1)|
|Length||5.99 mi (9.64 km)|
An unsigned U.S. Route 60X is also listed by ADOT 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 at exit 160, where US 60 leaves Grand Avenue for Thomas Road. It then follows Grand Avenue southeast over I-17/US 60, terminating at an intersection with 18th Avenue and Willetta Street.
The eastern segment of US 60X picks up at Sossaman Road, traveling east across Main Street/Apache Trail, crossing Loop 202 and Ellsworth Road before terminating at Meridian Drive, at the Pinal County line.
The eastern segment of US 60X has posted mile markers that likely correspond to the former alignment of US 60.
The entire route is in Phoenix, Maricopa County.
|0.000||0.000||Grand Avenue northwest (US 60 west)||Continuation beyond western terminus of US 60X|
|160||27th Avenue (US 60 east) to Thomas Road||Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|0.56||0.90||Right-in/right-out interchange; westbound exit and entrance only|
|1.31||2.11||Access to I-10 via 19th Ave. south|
|1.47||2.37||18th Avenue / Willetta Street||Eastern terminus of US 60X; road continues southeast as Grand Ave.|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
The entire route is in Mesa, Maricopa County.
|189.01||304.18||Sossaman Road||Western terminus of US 60X(1); road continues as Main Street|
|Loop 202 exits 27 (south) and 28 (north)|
|194.00||312.21||Meridian Drive||Eastern terminus of US 60X(1); road continues into Pinal County as Apache Trail|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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