UPDATE – 11-4-19: ADOT would like you to know, “Motorists who use US 60 between Miami and Superior should expect long delays and a lengthy detour starting Thursday, Nov. 7, when the Pinto Creek Bridge closes to all traffic for rock blasting.
US 60 will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for about six weeks. Crews will reopen the road prior to 1 p.m. if it is safe and passable.
All eastbound vehicles will be redirected at State Route 177 in Superior, and westbound vehicles will be redirected at the west end of Miami. Traffic will not be allowed to queue at the closure locations.
Motorists with a destination between SR 177 and Top-of-the-World west of Pinto Creek or between Miami and Pinto Valley Mine Road east of Pinto Creek will be allowed to pass, however no vehicles will be allowed between Top-of-the-World and Pinto Valley Mine Road.
During the closures, traffic will be detoured to SR 177 in Superior and SR 77 in Globe. The detour includes a 10% grade and will significantly increase travel time.
Law enforcement officers will be stationed at the intersection of SR 77 and SR 177 in Winkelman.”
UPDATE – 10-21-19: ADOT has announced, “Daily lane restrictions and full closures of US 60 near the Pinto Creek Bridge have been postponed one week due to the continued success of using heavy equipment to remove rock.
The restrictions are tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, Oct. 31. Alternating lane closures are planned Mondays through Thursdays between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Fridays between 6 a.m. and noon. During those hours, flaggers will be directing traffic and drivers should plan for delays. The daily lane closures are expected to last for several weeks.
Full Tuesday/Thursday closures of US 60 will tentatively begin Thursday, Nov. 7, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.”
UPDATE – 10-2-19: According to ADOT, “Motorists on US 60 between Miami and Superior should expect lane restrictions for the Pinto Creek Bridge replacement project Monday, Oct. 7, through Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Lane closures are scheduled between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. Flaggers will be directing traffic. Drivers should plan for delays.
Daily lane restrictions (weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and full closures of US 60 (Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) are tentatively scheduled to start the the week of Oct. 21.”
Please drive cautiously when in the work area.
UPDATE – 9-19-19: The daily lane closures have been pushed from Sept. 23rd, to Oct. 7th.
UPDATE – 9-16-19: According to ADOT, “daily lane closures for the Pinto Creek Bridge replacement project starting Monday, Sept. 23.
Lane restrictions are scheduled between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to noon on Fridays.
Beginning in October, full closures of US 60 are tentatively scheduled between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for about eight weeks.
Flaggers will be directing traffic. Drivers should plan for delays through the work zone.”
UPDATE – 8-28-19: The preliminary work begins on Sept. 9th. Lane closures will alternate from 7 am to 3 pm. Pilot cars will lead traffic during that time.
UPDATE – 8-27-19: The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced Sept. 3rd, as the start date for the Pinto Creek replacement bridge’s preliminary work. There are lane restrictions from 7 am to 3 pm, “while crews remove guardrails, restripe the road near the bridge and place temporary concrete barriers.” Flaggers and pilot cars will be in full use during this time so, expect traffic delays. ADOT adds, “Full closures of US 60 are tentatively scheduled to begin in late September between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
The construction of a new bridge on US 60 to replace the Pinto Creek Bridge is expected to start in mid-September. Drivers are still going to be able to use Pinto Creek Bridge until the new bridge is built. The project is estimated to be finished by late 2020. This new bridge will be located near the current one. You should plan for delays and closures during this process. Also, be careful when approaching and driving through the construction zone as flaggers and equipment will be out and about during this time. The Arizona Department of Transportation notes:
“In addition to lane restrictions, pre-scheduled closures of US 60 will be required at the following times:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. early in the project (tentatively mid-September to early November 2019) to allow for rock blasting
Overnight closures later in the project schedule to set steel girders and place bridge-deck concrete
A five-day closure of US 60 will be scheduled when the bridge is nearing completion (tentatively late 2020)
During scheduled closures of US 60, motorists will be detoured to State Route 77 and State Route 177. Please Note: This detour will likely add at least 45 minutes to a trip.”
Pinto Creek Bridge will be demolished following the completion of the new bridge.