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Westbound US 60 repaving begins in Tempe after a broken water main flooded freeway

Crews have started pouring concrete for the westbound lanes of the U.S. 60 freeway in Tempe but there’s still no timetable of when it’ll reopen.
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 8:04 AM MST|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 2:12 PM MST
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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Crews have started pouring concrete for the westbound lanes of the U.S. 60 freeway in Tempe but there’s still no timetable of when it’ll reopen following a water main break 11 days ago. ADOT and the City of Tempe said they removed around 34,000 square feet of the freeway and workers began the repaving process with 14-inch-thick concrete late Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday. “We don’t have a timeline. I think obviously what’s important to us is to build a highway the safest way we possibly can and build it to the quality we don’t have to come back here and fix it,” said Tempe’s civil engineer, Chris Kabala.

He said the damage from the water main break prompted a makeover for the entire westbound side. “The water went underneath the pavement and it separated and lifted pavement in some sections and saturated the area. That’s why we decided to remove the sections and replace the pavement sections,” Kabala said.

Tempe Mayor Corey Woods said he’s impressed with how quickly the repairs are being done and said he feels the pain of drivers who have to reroute each day the highway stays closed. “I was on the 60 five days, if not six or seven, so we realize this is a critical thoroughfare for people to get to and from Tempe and all different parts of the Valley,” Woods said. “We don’t have a timetable at this point because we want to make sure we set reasonable expectations, but we want to get it back up and running as soon as possible but definitely realize how critical and crucial this is for people getting back and forth to and from the city of Tempe.”

On May 7, a 24-inch steel link broke near McClintock Drive and caused both sides of the U.S. 60 to shut down from Rural Road to the Loop 101. Eastbound lanes opened on Monday. Officials say the old materials will be reused as fill for the I-10 Broadway Curve project. An estimated cost of damages also hasn’t been released.