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During Highway 60 Closures: Explore Superior: Your Gateway to Adventure

Are you planning a trip along Highway 60 between Miami and Superior? Hold onto your hats because there are some exciting changes coming your way! The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has announced a series of closures to facilitate the construction of new bridges along this iconic route. But fear not, adventure seekers! While you wait for the road to reopen, Superior, Arizona, offers a plethora of attractions and activities to make your wait more than worthwhile.


Photo/Courtesy ADOT: Blasting for construction of the replacement for the Queen Creek Bridge will require the closure of Highway 60 between Miami and Superior for three days a week



What’s Happening?

Starting Thursday, May 16, prepare for some roadblocks along your journey. ADOT is embarking on a significant project to replace the aging Queen Creek and Waterfall Canyon bridges. These closures, occurring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., might initially seem like a hassle. However, they’re a crucial step toward ensuring safer and more efficient travel for years to come.


Drivers should allow extra travel time and be prepared to slow down, use caution and merge safely when approaching and traveling through highway work zones.



Navigating the Detours

During closures, ADOT has mapped out detours through state routes 77 and 177 via Winkelman. While this alternative route may add some time to your journey, consider it an opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes and hidden gems along the way. From rugged canyons to panoramic vistas, every twist and turn promises a new adventure.




The LOST Queen Creek Canyon segment is shutting down for the construction of the new bridge. Please enjoy the other LOST segments between Superior and the Picketpost trailhead to the Arizona Trail.


What to Expect

Keep in mind that lane restrictions and reduced speed limits will be in place throughout the work zone, ensuring the safety of both travelers and construction crews. Additionally, certain recreational areas may be temporarily closed for your safety. But don’t let that deter you; Superior is brimming with alternative outdoor activities just waiting to be discovered.




Discover Superior

So, what can you do while you wait for the road to reopen? Here are just a few ideas to get you started:


  1. Explore other segments of Legends of Superior Trails: While the Queen Creek Canyon segment of L.O.S.T may be closed, fear not! There are still plenty of trail segments and scenic spots to explore between Superior and the Picketpost trailhead to the Arizona Trail.

  2. Venture into the Copper Corridor: Embark on a journey through the Copper Corridor, where you can delve into the region’s rich mining history, explore charming small towns, and marvel at breathtaking landscapes. Sign up for the Copper Corridor Crawl Adventure Passport here.

  3. Indulge in Local Cuisine: Treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure at one of Superior’s eclectic eateries. From classic Mexican and Italian cuisine to mouth-watering barbecue, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Explore all the dining options in Superior here.

  4. Embrace Outdoor Adventure: Lace up your hiking boots, saddle up your bike, or grab your climbing gear—Superior offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether you’re scaling rugged peaks or traversing rugged mountains by foot or ATV, the possibilities are endless.

  5. Visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. With over 3,200 varieties of desert plants from around the world, including towering cacti, vibrant wildflowers, and serene walking paths, the arboretum offers a tranquil escape for nature lovers of all ages.



Plan Your Visit

Before you hit the road, be sure to check out ADOT’s website for the latest updates on closures and detours. And for real-time traffic information, download the AZ511 app to stay informed every step of the way.


So, why let road closures put a damper on your travel plans? Embrace the opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of Superior, Arizona, and turn your journey into an unforgettable adventure. See you on the road!


Helpful Links

For more information, please visit azdot.gov/US60QueenCreekBridgeProject.

For real-time traffic info, check http://az511.gov & the AZ511 app:







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