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U.S. 60 East - Superstition Freeway

Superstition Freeway - Perspective from Eastbound U.S. 60
Distance sign to Mill Avenue, Rural Road and McClintock Drive. Photo taken 07/22/07.
The major mileposts along U.S. 60 are Loop 101 (5 miles), Mesa (8 miles) and Apache Junction (22 miles). Photo taken 07/22/07.
The next exit is Mill Avenue. Use Mill Avenue to travel north into Downtown Tempe and ASU. Photo taken 07/22/07.
Mill Avenue departs here, as exit 173. Photo taken 07/22/07.
This pedestrian footbridge is uniquely designed, replicating the original arched pedestrian footbridge built when the freeway was completed in 1975. The arched bridge was unique for the lack of stairs, but did not meet ADA codes and was replaced in 2000 when the freeway was rebuilt. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Rural Road departs here, as exit 174. Notice how the auxiliary lane does not exit, but merges back into the freeway after the exit. Photo taken 07/22/07. Second photo taken 02/10/08.
Advance signage for McClintock Drive, exit 175, and Loop 101, exits 176A-B. Photo taken 07/22/07.

Distance sign to McClintock Drive, Loop 101 Southbound, and Loop 101 northbound. Photo taken 07/22/07.
McClintock Drive departs here, as exit 175. Notice how the auxiliary lane does not exit, unlike most exits along the Supersition Freeway. Photo taken 07/22/07.
Exit 176A departs for Loop 101 southbound. The ramp passes under the on-ramp from McClintock Drive, then turns south to meet Loop 101. Photo taken 07/22/07.
This pedestrian footbridge was planned as part of the 2000 reconstruction, but not completed until 2005. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Exit 176B departs here for Loop 101 northbound. The U.S. 60/Loop 101 interchange is a three-level interchange, with some tight curves on the ramps from U.S. 60 to Loop 101. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Use exit 177 for Mesa Community College and Banner Desert Medical Center. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Under the shadows of the Loop 101 interchange, exit 177 departs for Dobson Road. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Advance signage for exit 178, Alma School Road. We are now in the city of Mesa. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Exit 178 departs here for Alma School Road. Use Exit 178 to reach Fiesta Mall. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Distance sign to Country Club Drive, Mesa Drive, and Stapley Drive. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Country Club Drive exits here, as exit 179. Use Country Club Drive to reach Golfland, an amusement park, as well as downtown Mesa. The road is still noted as Arizona 87, but the section through Mesa was decommissioned. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Advance signage for exit 180, Mesa Drive. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Mesa Drive departs here, as exit 180. Use Mesa Drive to reach downtown Mesa. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Distance sign to Stapley Drive, Gilbert Road and Val Vista Drive. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Exit 181 serves Stapley Drive. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Advance signage for exit 182, Gilbert Road. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Exit 182 serves Gilbert Road. Use Gilbert Road to reach the town of Gilbert, south of U.S. 60. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Advance signage for exit 184, Val Vista Drive. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Val Vista Drive exits here, at exit 184. This marks the end of the 2000 US 60 reconstruction. Photo taken 05/26/07.
In 2007, U.S. 60 was widened from Val Vista Drive to Ellsworth Road. These photographs were taken as the project was completed. The next exit is Greenfield Road, followed by Higley Road, Superstition Springs Blvd and Power Road. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Greenfield Road departs here, as exit 185. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Advance signage for exit 186, Higley Road. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Distance sign to Higley Road, Superstition Springs Blvd and Power Road. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Higley Road departs here, as exit 186. Photo taken 05/26/07.
The next three exits are Supersition Springs Blvd, Power Road and Sossaman Road. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Exit 187 serves Supersition Springs Blvd. Use exit 187 to reach Supersition Springs Mall. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Advance signage for exit 188, Power Road. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Power Road departs here, as exit 188. Use Power Road to reach Williams Gateway Airport and the ASU East (Polytechnic) campus. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Advance signage for exit 189, Sossaman Road. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Sossaman Road departs here. The next exits serve Loop 202. Photo taken 05/26/07.
At the time of this photo, Loop 202 northbound was not yet open. Exit 190A is now open and serves Loop 202 northbound. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Exit 190B serves Loop 202 southbound. This interchange is called the SuperRedTan interchange, after the names of the three freeways (Superstition, Red Mountain, and Santan) that meet here. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Under the shadows of the SuperRedTan interchange, we find exit 191, Ellsworth Road. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Advance signage for exit 192, Crismon Road. We are now in East Mesa, in an area urbanized during the 1990s. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Crismon Road departs here. This section of freeway was built in 1989, and is being widened in these photos. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Advance signage for exit 193, Signal Butte Road. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Signal Butte Road is named after Signal Butte, which was so named because it was reportedly used by Pima Indians to watch for Apache invaders. Photos taken 02/10/08.
Advance signage for Exit 195, Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction. The bridge ahead serves Meridian Drive. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Meridian Drive marks the eastern limit of Maricopa County and Mesa, and the beginning of Pinal County and Apache Junction. Use the next four exits to reach Apache Junction, a rapidly growing city at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Distance sign to Ironwood Drive, Idaho Road (Arizona 88) and Tomahawk Road. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Ironwood Drive departs here, at exit 195. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Eastbound U.S. 60 approaching Junction Arizona 88, Idaho Road. This marks the western terminus of Arizona 88. Arizona 88 is famous as the Apache Trail, which leads northeast into the Tortilla Flats area. One of the few unpaved state routes in Arizona, Arizona 88 is unpaved for approximately 20 miles near Castle Dome approaching Tonto National Monument and its junction with Arizona 188 at Roosevelt. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Distance sign to Idaho Road (Arizona 88), Tomahawk Road and Goldfield Road. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Arizona 88 departs here, as Idaho Road. Use Arizona 88 to reach the Salt River tubing areas, and the chain of lakes along the Salt River. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Advance signage for exit 197, Tomahawk Road. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Distance sign to Tomahawk Road, Goldfield Road and Mountain View Road. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Tomahawk Road exits here, as exit 197. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Advance signage for Goldfield Road, exit 198. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Just past Goldfield Road, the US 60 freeway ends and becomes an expressway. This set of signs warns of the upcoming freeway end. This last section of freeway was built in 1991. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Distance sign to Goldfield Road and Mountain View Road. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Goldfield Road exits here, as exit 198. This is the last exit on US 60 eastbound. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Eastbound U.S. 60 approaching Mountain View Road in Apache Junction. US 60 is now a four-lane divided highway with at-grade intersections from this point east toward Florence Junction. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Advance signage for Mountain View Road. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Mountain View Road is a left turn from the expressway, just east of this sign. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Distance sign to Florence Junction, Superior and Globe. Photo taken 11/11/06.
This road leads north to the Peralta Trailhead. The Peralta Trailhead is one of the most popular entries to the Superstition Wilderness, located in the Superstition Mountains just north of here. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Advance signage for exit 212, Arizona 79 to Florence and Tucson. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Exit 212 is also known as El Camino Viejo. Photo taken 11/11/06.
The old T-junction between Arizona 79 (former US 80-89) and US 60 was replaced with a grade separated interchange in 2004, as part of upgrades to US 60 to reduce accidents. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Arizona 79 departs here, as exit 212. Photo taken 11/11/06.



Photo Credits:
2006-11-11, 2007-05-26, 2007-07-22, 2008-02-10 by Kevin Trinkle

Connect with:
Interstate 10
Arizona Loop 101
Arizona Loop 202
Arizona 88
Arizona 79

Page Updated 03-26-2008.

 
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