$32.8M Project Nears Completion on Route 60 in Superior

📅   Tue September 12, 2017 - West Edition #19
Chuck Harvey - CEG CORRESPONDENT


Crews in Arizona are rebuilding a 6-mi. stretch of U.S. Route 60 from Queen Creek east through the town of Superior to the junction with state Route 177.
(FNF Construction/ADOT photo)
Crews in Arizona are rebuilding a 6-mi. stretch of U.S. Route 60 from Queen Creek east through the town of Superior to the junction with state Route 177. (FNF Construction/ADOT photo)
Crews in Arizona are rebuilding a 6-mi. stretch of U.S. Route 60 from Queen Creek east through the town of Superior to the junction with state Route 177.
(FNF Construction/ADOT photo) The project is part of Arizona’s $32.8 million Route 60: Silver King Road Project.
(FNF Construction/ADOT photo) The project will require about 100,000 tons of asphalt and concrete and about 7,500 cu. yds. of concrete. 
(FNF Construction/ADOT photo) Workers initially focused construction on the new highway alignment on the west side of the project area before working their way east into Superior in spring of 2016. 
(FNF Construction/ADOT photo) The project is designed to improve the roadway and make U.S. 60 safer and less congested in the Superior area.
(FNF Construction/ADOT photo) The project started in September 2015 and extends the divided four-lane (two lanes in each direction) highway west to Silver King Road at the western boundary of Superior.
(FNF Construction/ADOT photo)

Crews in Arizona are rebuilding a 6-mi. stretch of U.S. Route 60 from Queen Creek east through the town of Superior to the junction with state Route 177.

It is part of Arizona's $32.8 million Route 60: Silver King Road Project.

The project started in September 2015 and extends the divided four-lane (two lanes in each direction) highway west to Silver King Road at the western boundary of Superior. The population of the town — located 55 mi. east of Chandler — stands at 2,837, according to the 2010 census.

“The work is scheduled for completion ahead of schedule in the fall of 2017,” said Tom Herrmann, Arizona Department of Transportation public information officer.

The project includes a new section of two-lane divided highway north of the current two-lane highway, west of Superior. It starts near Boyce Thompson Arboretum and extends east before tying back into the current highway near Superior Airport.

The existing two-lane highway section has been converted to an access road leading to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum and abandoned to the east.

Workers initially focused construction on the new highway alignment on the west side of the project area before working their way east into Superior in spring of 2016.

By January of this year, motorists traveling both directions on U.S. 60 were moved onto a newly constructed westbound alignment of the highway between mileposts 222 and 225.

Construction is now nearly complete on the west side near Boyce Thompson arboretum.

“Temporary pavement markings are in the process of being placed,” Herrmann said.

Bridge Construction

Bridge construction includes:

• a new westbound Queen Creek bridge at milepost 222;

• Happy Camp bridges in both directions at milepost 223;

• Silver King bridges in both directions at milepost 224;

• Wash Bridge eastbound at milepost 224.6;

• Queen Creek Wash bridge eastbound;

• rehab and widening of bridge westbound at milepost 226; and

• construction of the Stone Avenue overpass for both directions of traffic at milepost 227.

The new U.S. 60 highway will be divided with a dirt median between mileposts 222 and 225 and a concrete median between mileposts 225 and 227.

Contractors

Prime contractor for the project is FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz. The company was low bidder for the work.

FNF Construction was builder of New Mexico's I-25 at NM 14 diverging diamond interchange project in 2015 and 2016. The company removed five bridges, built two new bridges and realigned six ramps to convert the existing standard diamond interchange into New Mexico's first diverging diamond interchange.

FNF's bridge building experience was a plus in constructing the Route 60 Silver King Road Project managed by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The project has 40 subcontractors. Major names include RGG United Contractors Inc., Western States Profiling Inc. and Kimbrell Electric Inc., all of Glendale, Ariz.; Five G Inc. and Paradise Rebar Inc., both of Phoenix; Hark Drilling Inc. of El Mirage, Ariz.; and Valley Golf Ltd dba Revegetation Services of Higley, Ariz.

About 75 workers are on the job each day, including some nights and weekends. Construction has required some lane restrictions, but no road closures or detours.

Heavy Equipment On Site

Heavy equipment at the project site includes bulldozers, scrapers, loaders, motor graders, excavators, backhoes, a concrete pump, rock trucks, crushing equipment and dump trucks, including the large Super 16 trucks.

The project will require about 100,000 tons of asphalt and concrete and about 7,500 cu. yds. of concrete. No dirt will need to be brought in.

Safety Is Key Factor

The project is designed to improve the roadway and make U.S. 60 safer and less congested in the Superior area. The highway is a primary route connecting the Phoenix area with eastern Arizona.

In 2015, the vehicle count was about 10,000 vehicles a day. Statewide, Arizona roads have seen increases for at least five consecutive years. Motorists in the state drove almost 67 billion miles in 2016, up 2.8 percent from 2015 and up 12 percent since 2011.

Route 60 has been in place since the late 1920s.

The Route 60 Silver King Road Project expands on previous projects in the general area. In 2008 the Arizona Department of Transportation finished expanding the two-lane highway from Florence Junction to Gonzales near the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

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