US 60 remains closed Sunday after broken water line floods freeway, reopening timeline unknown

The Arizona Department of Transportation says parts of US 60, also known as Superstition Freeway, remain closed between Interstate 10 and Loop 101 on Sunday due to damage from a broken water line beneath the freeway at McClintock Drive in Tempe. Staff from the Tempe Water Utilities and a contractor are working with the Arizona Department of Transportation to evaluate the damage and necessary repairs after the water line break Saturday morning, which caused flooding on the freeway and damage beneath the pavement. There is no estimated time for completion of repairs as units are still assessing the damages, according to ADOT.

Mark Weber, interim deputy municipal utilities director with the city of Tempe, said in a Sunday news conference that crews isolated the break and cloistered the water flow. Water services in the area were not impacted, Weber said. Randy Everett, ADOT central district administrator, advised drivers who frequently travel on the freeway to look for alternative routes and plan for an extra half an hour of commute time. 

“Unfortunately, we’re gonna be down for a little bit,” Everett said. “We will not be opening it up to the traveling public until we’re absolutely sure we got safe conditions down there.”  Eastbound US 60 is closed between the I-10 interchange and Loop 101. Westbound US 60 is closed between Loop 101 and McClintock Drive.

Drivers are able to use westbound US 60 on-ramps between McClintock Drive and I-10. Westbound US 60 traffic approaching the closure is being detoured to north- and southbound Loop 101. “Drivers on I-10 who normally would use eastbound US 60 should consider using either eastbound Loop 202 to northbound Loop 101 or eastbound Loop 202 to southbound Loop 101 to reach eastbound US 60 beyond the closure,” the Arizona Department of transportation said in a statement Sunday.

Everett said the flooding was particularly large because the line that broke was an older one that didn’t have metal reinforcements as opposed to modern pipelines. “In my time at ADOT, I have not seen anything quite like this,” Everett said. “We still have a lot of assessment left to do.” Reach breaking news reporter Haleigh Kochanski at [email protected] or on Twitter @HaleighKochans.

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